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Design a Future City!

In July of 2020, AFO hosted the first-ever virtual Architects in Schools Summer Camp. During this week-long camp, over 470 students from across the U.S. and beyond dove into the world of architecture and urban planning to design their own future city.

We are excited to publicly release the camp content again for you this Spring Break, 2021! Camp material is recommended for youth ages 8-12.

Each day of five-day-long camp, students work through a lesson, watch a video with Alison the architect, and complete a design activity or two. We have included daily bonus challenges for students who want to do more! Bonus challenges are optional and can always be completed at a later date.

We recommend students work through the content day by day and in order. Everything is self-paced, so students can take as much time as they want to work through the materials. Keep scrolling to get started and to get inspired by the work of our 2020 AiS Campers!

All camp material below will remain available for March and April, 2021.

Download a printable list of recommended camp materials and art supplies.

Day 1: What is Architecture and What Do Architects Do?

Begin by downloading and printing out the Student Architect Journal. This is your student’s space to write, sketch, design, think out loud and develop numerous creative ideas for their future city!

Download the Day 1 Lesson. This document will lead your student through camp activities for the day. We recommend students view this document digitally so they can click on the embedded web links.

During Day 1, students will learn about what architecture is and about the people who design and build the places we occupy everyday. They will learn about the design process and how design is something that is always improving and adapting to the changing needs of people.

Day 1 Activity: What Do You See Through Your Telescope? This activity helps students realize that design is all around them and that the things they see and experience everyday are created by people – and that they, too, have the ability to design! Have your student follow the Day 1 Lesson and the Student Architect Journal to complete today’s activity.

Looking for more architecture fun? Try out the Day 1 Bonus Challenge: Build a Geodesic Dome

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Want to share what you created on Day 1 of the Architects in Schools Camp? Submit your work here! bit.ly/aiscamp2021-submissions

The design process

Watch the Day 1 video with Alison the architect!

Day 2: Building Types and Structures

Download the Day 2 Lesson and have your student view it digitally so they can click on the embedded web links. This document will lead them through camp activities for the day. Remember the Student Architect Journal from Day 1? Keep it nearby. Students will use it everyday throughout the camp.

During Day 2, students will learn about different building types such as residential and commercial buildings. They will learn about building materials and how buildings are able to stand. In today’s video with Alison the architect, students will make structural paper shapes that help demonstrate how load, tension and compression allow buildings to stand.

Day 2 Activity: Design and Draw a Building in Your Future City. Architectural drawings such as elevations and floor plans are an important part of the design process. Students will learn about these two types of architectural drawings and then draw their own! Have your student follow the Day 2 Lesson and the Student Architect Journal to complete today’s activity.

Still want to do more? Try out the Day 2 Bonus Challenge: Skyscraper Challenge

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Want to share what you created on Day 2 of the Architects in Schools Camp? Submit your work here! bit.ly/aiscamp2021-submissions

Watch the Day 2 video with Alison the architect!

Day 3: How are Cities Designed?

Download the Day 3 Lesson and have your student view it digitally so they can click on the embedded web links. This document will lead them through camp activities for the day. Be sure to have the Student Architect Journal from Day 1 nearby.

During Day 3, students will expand from thinking about individual buildings to thinking about whole cities! How are cities designed? How are roads organized? Who makes these decisions? These are all questions that your student will explore during this session.

Day 3 Activity: Your Ideal Future City. Students will begin to think about how they want to design their own future city. How can you design a future city that is accessible, equitable, safe and supportive of all of the different people who live there? Have your student follow the Day 3 Lesson and the Student Architect Journal to complete today’s activity.

Excited about today’s lesson? Try out the Day 3 Bonus Challenge: How is Your Neighborhood Designed?

Congrats, you are halfway through the Architects in Schools Spring Break Camp!!

During the 2020 summer camp, we offered participants a live Mid-Week Check In where they could tune in and listen to AFO staff answer FAQs and briefly go over the daily camp content.

View the Mid-Week Check In Slideshow including FAQs and more. Once you open the slideshow, be sure to hover over the icon on the top left corner to view the notes per each slide.

If you have additional questions, please contact Kim Knowles, Associate Director, Architects in Schools, kim@af-oregon.org.

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Want to share what you created on Day 3 of the Architects in Schools Camp? Submit your work here! bit.ly/aiscamp2021-submissions

Radial street plan in Paris, France

Watch the Day 3 video with Alison the architect!

Day 4: Draw Your Future City!

Download the Day 4 Lesson and have your student view it digitally so they can click on the embedded web links. This document will lead them through camp activities for the day. Be sure to have the Student Architect Journal from Day 1 nearby.

During Day 4, students will transition from the planning phase of the design process to the creation phase. They will get to transform their written future city ideas from Day 3 into a colorful city plan! They will also learn about why it is important to think of all people of all cultures and abilities when designing a city.

Day 4 Activity: Draw Your Future City! Using their Student Architect Journal responses from Day 3 and the design criteria outlined in the journal, students will plan out their future city. Where is the residential district? How will people cross the river? How do you design a city that is equitable, safe and inclusive of everyone? Have your student follow the Day 4 Lesson and the Student Architect Journal to complete today’s activity.

Try out the Day 4 Bonus Challenge: Create a Time Capsule for the Future

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Want to share what you created on Day 4 of the Architects in Schools Camp? Submit your work here! bit.ly/aiscamp2021-submissions

Future city site plan

Watch the Day 4 video with Alison the architect!

Day 5: Now Let’s Build a Model!

You made it to the final day of camp! Download the Day 5 Lesson and have your student view it digitally so they can click on the embedded web links. This document will lead them through camp activities for the day. Be sure to have the Student Architect Journal from Day 1 nearby.

During Day 5, students will spend most of the day constructing a three-dimensional model of a building in their future city. They will also reflect on everything they learned throughout the camp including what architecture is and what architects do, how buildings are able to stand, how cities are designed, and why it is important to create equitable and inclusive places.

Day 5 Activity: Let’s Build a Model! Students will choose a building in their future city and construct a model of it. Get creative with the supplies you have! Gather any recycled materials, paper, and arts and craft supplies that students can use for their model. Have them follow the Day 5 Lesson and the Student Architect Journal to complete today’s activity.

Did your student love building a model? This challenge is for them! Day 5 Bonus Challenge: Continue Building Your Future City!

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Want to share what you created on Day 5 of the Architects in Schools Camp? Submit your work here! bit.ly/aiscamp2021-submissions

Future city model

Watch the Day 5 video with Alison the architect!

Thank you to our 2020 Summer Camp Sponsors!

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Questions?

Contact:
Kim Ruthardt Knowles
Associate Director, Architects in Schools
kim@af-oregon.org
503-317-7537

Candice Agahan
Education Program Manager
candice@af-oregon.org
503-542-3823