Over the past four months, I participated in an exciting volunteer-based program that exposes youth to the realm of architecture and design. Once a week, I had the privilege of presenting Ms. Robert’s 5th grade class (Canyon View Elementary) with structured lesson plans highlighting key design concepts and principles; including scale, space, structure, rhythm, typology, planning and presentation skills.
Following the lecture series, students collaborated in small teams where they adopted the roles and responsibilities of architects, designers and city planners.
With newly discovered perspectives of environment and city planning and understanding of basic architectural elements, students transformed cardboard boxes, construction paper and other miscellaneous materials into a vibrant city of their own! The completion of the students’ ‘Box City’ was celebrated with a public display at the Salt Lake City Library public during Architecture Week.
Post written by – Erin Lifton, Design Associate, firstname.lastname@example.org
Box City is a program sponsored by the Educating Elementary Children Through Architecture (EECTA) organization that was founded by the AIA Utah Young Architects Forum in 2004. EECTA is now hosted by the Utah Center for Architecture and has been approved by the state for teaching core curriculum to children.