Photo: Mike Lawrie
Family Design Days @ BSA SPACE encourage children and adults to observe, explore and design together. In these two hour, hands-on workshops, families are introduced to architecture and design of Boston and the world through exhibit tours, neighborhood walking tours or slide shows, and then complete a hands-on design activity. Architects and Designers lead these programs.
Saturdays 10:30 – 12:30 @ BSA SPACE, 290 Congress St., Boston*
Winter/Spring Family Design Day Schedule:
- January 23: Getting Around in a Galaxy Far Far Away. This month, Family Design Days will fly into the Star Wars galaxy to think about what inter-galactic transportation designers need to consider. Participants will build their designs using recycled materials.
- *February 13: Design Your Dream Room at the Concord Museum, Concord MA. Families will explore the exhibit Middlesex County Modern to learn about the features and principles of Modern architecture and then design their own dream room using recycled materials. Registration for this program is HERE.
- February 27: Skyscraper Challenge. Learn more about the architecture, science, and art behind what keeps the world’s tallest buildings standing and then, using a kit of parts, design and build your own skyscraper. *A session for age 10-14 will occur from 1:00pm – 3:00 pm.
- March 19: Dream Dwellings. Taking inspiration from the exhibition Global Citizen: The Architecture of Moshe Safdie participants will transform a basic shoe box into a dream apartment with unique green space that reflects the goals of Habitat ’67.
- April 9 & 10: KidsBuild! Registration will open in early March.
- *Friday April 22: Cambridge Science Festival. Imagine Boston with LEGO Bricks.
- May 21: Animal Habitats. Explore the wonders of animal architecture, and design your own structure for a special creature.
- June 18: Extraordinary Playscapes. Explore the way playground design can improve the quality of life for children and families through a tour of the exhibition Extraordinary Playscapes and then design and build the perfect playscape for your neighborhood.
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Please see our Volunteer Form to volunteer for any of these events.
Family Day Programs are designed for children ages five – 13, accompanied by an adult (a maximum ratio of three children per one adult is required). Tickets are $8/$10 per person (unless otherwise notes), children and adults. Program begins promptly at start time. Registration is strongly recommended. Family Design Days are a program of the BSA Foundation.
April 19, 2016 | 10:00 AM – April 21, 2016 | 10:00 AM
Price: $300 ($255 for BSA members and Friends of BSA Space), materials included
Where: BSA Space, 290 Congress Street, Boston
Explore architecture and interior design through a three-day hands-on design workshop in which you will create your own micro-housing unit—the new trend in innovative housing.
In this Learning By Design workshop you will have the opportunity to work with professional architects, tour an architecture firm, design and create a 3D model, and present your work to a panel of professionals. This workshop is for teenagers aged 13 to 16; no experience is necessary, but register now, as space is limited.
This is a three-day workshop, April 19, April 20, and April 21, from 10:00 am to 3:00 pm each day.
This event is a program of the BSA Foundation.
Image: Rendering courtesy of Add Inc/Stantec, modified.
Register to attend HERE
Register to Volunteer HERE
Learn more about becoming a Sponsor HERE
We’re reflecting on a banner year for youth design programs and washing up to get ready for 2016!
Happy New Year and Thank You to all of our children, parents, architects, designers and supporters for what Learning By Design programs of the BSA Foundation accomplished in 2015.
SUPPORT! With your help, we engaged over 1200 children in Architecture & Design Activities, totaling 11,800 student impact hours.
WORK! Over 200 Architects volunteered over 1000 hours bringing the joy of designing to children.
BUILD! Working together, we built over 1200 hands-on design projects. From bridges to cities, to gingerbread houses.
We look forward to bringing Architecture and Design activities to more Massachusetts children in 2016.
Photo by Mike Lawrie
Family Design Day Programs @ BSA SPACE encourage children and adults to observe, explore and design together. In these two hour, hands-on workshops, families are introduced to architecture and design of Boston and the world through exhibit tours, neighborhood walking tours or slide shows, and then complete a hands-on design activity. Architects and Designers lead these programs.
Saturdays 10:30 – 12:30 @ BSA SPACE, 290 Congress St., Boston
Fall Family Design Day Schedule:
- September 19: Bigger than a Breadbox, Smaller than a Building. We will tour the exhibit “Bigger than a Breadbox, Smaller than a Building” then create our own structures using a innovative materials.
- October 17: Canstruction! with LEGO. See how local Architects and Engineers have the theme “Celebrate 20 years in Boston!”s into colossal structures from canned food in the exhibition Canstruction, then design your own creation using LEGO bricks.
- October 31: Family Tour of Fort Point Bridges
- November 14: Boston Bridges. Learn about the many bridges that span out city’s waterways, then design your own bridge for our Fort Point neighborhood.
- December 12: Gingerbread Houses. We will tour gingerbread creations of area architecture and design firms, then create our own houses from edible materials.
Click here For More Information and Event Registrations
Please see our Volunteer Page to volunteer for any of these events.
Family Day Programs are designed for children ages five – 13, accompanied by an adult (a maximum ratio of three children per one adult will be required). Tickets are $8 per person (unless otherwise notes), children and adults. Program begins promptly at start time. Registration is strongly recommended. Family Design Days are a program of the BSA Foundation.
October 10, 2015 | 10:00 AM – 2:00 PM
Price: Free and open to students
Where: Wentworth Institute of Technology, 550 Huntington Avenue, Boston, MA
Are you thinking about a career in architecture, interior design, or landscape design? If so, explore the possibilities at the BSA Architecture/Design College Fair.
Representatives of more than 40 colleges and universities will be on hand at the BSA’s Architecture/Design College Fair to answer questions about portfolios, admissions, scholarships, curricula, and more. Learn what it takes to succeed—attend free workshops.
In addition to this College Marketplace, you’ll find workshops for design-focused students. Hear the inside story from our keynote speaker who will describe “the life of an architect” and what it’s really like to be in architecture school. You can also get tips on portfolio requirements, and choosing the right school.
More information is HERE.
In 15 years, how old will you be? Who will you be? How do you want to live, work, and play? What is your vision for our city?
Are you a Boston high school student who wants to share your vision?
Please join us to IMAGINE BOSTON 2030.
Date: August 26, 2015 | 5:00 PM – 8:00 PM
Price: Free and open to the public
Where: Berklee College of Music 160 Massachusetts Ave Boston, MA
This free event includes dinner, music, T-shirts, and prizes.
IMAGINE BOSTON 2030 Youth Brainstorm will be a lively conversation between YOU (Boston high school students) and area design professionals about your visions for the city. Hear about the planning, contribute your ideas through hands-on activities facilitated by design professionals, enjoy food, music, dessert and each other.
We want to hear from you as the city plans its future.
Are you a designer or planner willing to talk with high school students?
Contact email@example.com for more info on participating in this event.
City of Boston
Boston Redevelopment Authority
Boston Society of Architects + BSA Foundation
Boston Society of Landscape Architects
Community Design Resource Center
Congress for the New Urbanism, New England Chapter
Urban Land Institute Boston/New England
Boston Architectural College
With generous support from the Berklee College of Music