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Design Day: The Grass is Always Greener

Design Day: The Grass is Always Greener...

This February half term join us for this architecture workshop for children aged 11 to 15. Participants will explore how location, form and materials in architecture can make a building more sustainable. We will then design and build model structures that will make the next generation proud.

About the Workshop

Design Day: The Grass is Always Greener…
Wednesday 20 February 2019, 11am to 4pm
For ages 11 to 15

What impact does architecture have on our environment? How can we make sure the buildings we make in the future are sustainable and not harmful to nature? Can architectural structures and the natural landscape become one harmonious form?

Join us as we investigate the relationship between the built environment and the natural world and how the area local to a site can affect the type of building that is constructed there. From hobbit houses to mirror-sided structures to buildings that are made from local materials; we will explore what it means to be ‘green’ in architecture and consider different ways in which we can create buildings that merge into their local landscape. Learn about the different methods of constructing a building and about why certain materials are more sustainable than others.

Then, with a location in mind to help inform our design, our knowledge of form, impact and materials will aid us to create a plan of a structure using collage. Once happy with our design, we will get the chance to assemble a 3D model of our plan that will make the next generation proud.

This creative architecture workshop is led by artist and educator Zoe Allen for children aged 11 to 15.

About the Workshop Series

Our Design Day workshops for ages 11-15 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 and using software to design collaboratively in a shared space.

Based in London, mainly our HQ at 66 Portland Place, 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

  • £40 excluding booking fee
  • £30 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.