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Collaborative Design and Build – day 2

Day two of Collaborative design and build – our 2 day architecture course.

To see a description of day one click here

Children revisited their ideas of architecture in drawings and compared them to their initial thoughts –  they began to incorporate elements from their own structuresDSC_0001 DSC_0002 DSC_0003
















As they arrived in the morning they were keen to get straight back in to developing their houses and buildings.

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We then met as a group to talk about some technical ideas to help make our buildings stronger.


We talked about supports, thresholds, struts and spans.DSC_0014 DSC_0016

We thought about bridges and what makes them so strong.


Triangles, circles and arches are strong shapes – we should try to incorporate them into our buildings.


James set us another challenge to build a bridge – using just one sheet of paper, strong enough to hold a pile of rubbers.
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We tested them to see which was the most effective.DSC_0036 DSC_0040 DSC_0044

The strongest held about 42 rubbers….and a gluestick!DSC_0050

Here is the winning design. Lots of folds using triangular shapes….we were listening!DSC_0059

We then got back to work on our buildings, incorporating some of the techniques we had learnt.

We were busy, busy, busy!

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We got to use some grown up tools – well supervised of course!DSC_0076 DSC_0084 DSC_0085 DSC_0088

We were improving our structures based on our newly acquired skills and knowledge.

More triangles appeared!

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We also moved further into the world of fixtures and fittings. Some made curtains for windows.DSC_0095 DSC_0096

Post boxes

DSC_0101 Stained glass windows letting light and colour flood in.


Then it was lunch in the park, with the added task to collect natural found elements to incorporate into our designs.DSC_0108


Can you spot the daffodils we found,

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the twigs to make a real apple tree


and the real daisies for the artificial garden
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James then began to show us how to draw a plan of the room – a real architectural skill. We measured the room and drew onto gridded paper at a scale of 1m:2cm. It was tricky for some of the younger children but the older ones helped them out – which was lovely to see.

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We began to think about where our buildings would be positioned on the map and in the room as we thought about presenting the work to our parents.DSC_0155 DSC_0158

We moved the buildings into place and added roads. We decided as a group how the space should look.
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The city began to take shape for real.DSC_0176 DSC_0182 DSC_0183 DSC_0186

We added the roads and buildings to our map.DSC_0187 DSC_0188 DSC_0194 DSC_0195 DSC_0196

James helped us to make them detailed and accurate.DSC_0198 DSC_0201

We made a tracing paper overlay onto the plan and added more imaginary elements to the map.DSC_0202 DSC_0204 DSC_0205 DSC_0206 DSC_0207

Some of these imaginary items then became a reality!DSC_0209 DSC_0210




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We were now ready to present our city to our parents. The finishing touches were put in place.DSC_0218 DSC_0219

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The maps complete and ready to use as a guide.DSC_0232 DSC_0233 DSC_0234

We were very proud of our workDSC_0238 DSC_0241 DSC_0246 DSC_0249

It was a shame to have to take it down…but it will live on in our memories for a while to come….and inspire us in the future.







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