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Design Day April 2020
Rachel Mann

Design Day: Jigsaw Estate - modelling a community

This Easter holiday, join us for a creative architecture workshop for children aged 11 to 15. During this two day workshop, participants will use design and model making to explore how individual houses can become an active community, by focusing on house design, street layout, community spaces and amenities.

About the Workshop

Design Day: Jigsaw Estate - modelling a community
Tuesday 14
April and Wednesday 15 April 2020, 11am to 4pm daily
For children aged 11 to 15

What makes a community? Is good housing more than just buildings? What is it that gives value to built spaces, and grows a sense of social identity and community?

This two day workshop will look at Goldsmith Street, the RIBA Stirling Prize 2019 winner, for inspiration on designing housing so it becomes part of an active community space.

Participants will work as a community of designers in small interactive teams to plan and model a new housing estate. Focusing on house design, street layout, community spaces and amenities, groups will research and plan, before visualising findings through design and model making to bring all elements of the estate together on the final afternoon.

This creative architecture workshop is led by artist educator Daniel Wallis, for children aged 11 to 15 years.

About the Workshop Series

Our Design Day workshops for ages 11 to 15 take architectural design a step further by providing context and knowledge of the built environment to spark creativity.

Past workshops have focused on:

  • different architectural styles
  • small and large-scale construction methods
  • traditional and digital drawing techniques
  • architectural games
  • using software to design collaboratively in a shared space

All participants must arrive by 11am. These workshops are led by professional educators and all materials are included in the ticket price, but lunch is not provided.

If you're under 18, tickets must be booked by a parent or guardian. Online booking in advance is essential and if we do not receive full registration information in advance of the event, we cannot allow the participant to attend.

Some of our workshops involve a visit to an offsite location that is designed to enhance the learning experience and provide vital real-world context. Children are supervised by RIBA staff and volunteers at all times during such visits and location information is provided in advance.

Workshop Costs

  • £100 excluding booking fee
  • £75 for participants who qualify for free school lunch. (Proof required)

To see other learning workshops taking place in this series, see our families and children page.