Children Architectural Workshop
NAME OF THE SCHOOL, MUSEUM, ASSOCIATION:
St. Sofronii Vrachanski High School.
COUNTRY OF ORIGIN:
PUBLIC SPACE WHERE THE PROJECT WAS DEVELOPED:
CATEGORY OF PROJECT:
Workshops of school hours.
AGE AND NUMBER OF CHILDREN:
12 years old.
PERIOD OF THE PROJECT:
From March to November 2016.
LEARNING OBJECTIVES OF THE PROJECT:
The aim of the Urban Awareness Project is through practical activities to broaden the civic culture and engagement of students and to consolidate and build on their already acquired knowledge, skills and attitudes through: - shaping the interest and attitude of the children towards the surrounding urban environment and the changes that occur in it depending on the human activity - understanding the link between sustainable urban development and future quality of life, taking into account traditional building techniques and materials within the specific cultural context - expressing and exercising sensitivity, imagination, taste and critical assessment - Developing skills to monitor, analyze, solve problems and find new creative solutions - team building skills and improved communication (soft skills) - introducing and experimenting with different techniques and materials, with emphasis on recycled.
200€ for materials.
Urban Awareness is a pilot project between One Architecture Week and Children's Architectural Workshop, which started March 2016. We did ten exercises at the "Sofronii Vrachanski" School with 20 children from the sixth grade. We have generally gone through all stages of research and analysis of the school environment. Children exercised critical thinking, identified good and bad places, and also searched for solutions to improve the environment in school. The pupils looked at examples from different schools around the world and determined what they liked and what did not. Finally, they ended with a real realization - a bench with a vertical garden and a table that they continued to care for afterwards.
During the project the children stared to believe in themselves. At first, they were skeptical and did not have the courage to answer questions and take part in the discussions. Gradually they got used to us and realized they could do it. Their curriculum is more theoretical, not related to practical activities, so students do not know whether they can handle real tasks.