A Year of Designing with Children

We’re reflecting on a banner year for youth design programs and washing up to get ready for 2016!

CVKv8BYWUAAnaDzHappy 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.

Being an ArchSUPPORT! With your help,  we engaged over 1200 children in Architecture & Design Activities, totaling 11,800 student impact hours.

Being Tension

WORK! Over 200 Architects volunteered over 1000 hours bringing the joy of designing to children.

 

Being a Dome

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.

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Fall Family Design Days @BSA SPACE Series

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.

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Architecture/Design College Fair

October 10, 2015 | 10:00 AM2:00 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.

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Imagine Boston 2030 Youth Brainstorm

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?

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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 PM8:00 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 pcarpenter@architects.org for more info on participating in this event.

Organizers
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

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Winter/Spring Family Design Days @BSA SPACE

Tour during Family Design Day. Photo by Mike Lawrie

 

Family Design Day Programs @ BSA SPACE encourage children and adults to observe, explore and design together. In these 2 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

Family Design Day Schedule: 

  • January 10: What’s Your Type?  We will tour the exhibit Stereotype: New directions in typography, then create our own personal type & LOGO.
  • February 7: Great Boston Egg Drop. Will your egg survive the drop?
  • March 7: Dream Rooms. Sometimes bigger isn’t always better when designing the perfect space.
  • April 11 & 12: KIDSBUILD! 2015. Build a city from the ground up.
  • May 16: Living With Water. How can design adapt to change? We will use our ‘backyard’ as a site of exploration.
  • June 20: Art in Public Places. We will tour the newest art on the Greenway by Janet Echelman, then design our own public artwork.

Click here For More Information and Event Registrations

Please see our Volunteer Page to volunteer for any of these events.BSASpace1-300

Family programs are designed for children ages 5 – 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.

Thank you to Atlantic Wharf for supporting Family Design Days @BSA SPACE.

 

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Teen Architecture Workshop @ BSA SPACE

Tuesday & Wednesday April 22-23
10am – 3pm
BSA SPACE
290 Congress St.
Boston, MA 02210
$200, materials included

Explore architecture and interior design through a two-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 @ BSA Space you will have the opportunity to work with professional architects, tour a micro-housing unit in Boston’s Innovation District, design and create a 3-D model, and present your work to a panel of professionals. This workshop is for teenagers aged 13 to 16; Registration is limited; no experience is necessary.

Click Here to register.

Image: Rendering courtesy of Add Inc/Stantec, modified.

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StereoType Open House and Showcase @ BSA SPACE

March 28, 2015 | 10:00 AM2:00 PM
Free and open to the public.
BSA Space, 290 Congress Street, Boston

Celebrate the 2nd annual Boston Design Week with all things type at BSA Space! Discover the art of lettering inspired by the exhibition StereoType: New directions in typography. From the urban signage that directs us where we need to go to the smartphone or tablets in our hands, type and text are an integral part of our daily lives. See artists and designers at work, and try your hand at new and traditional forms of text making via hands-on activities, including stenciling, stamping, letterpress, and more. At noon, join exhibition curator Judith Hoos Fox of c2 curatorsquared for a guided tour exploring the boldest experiments in typography today.

Attractions

  • Union Press: Eli Epstein will demonstrate letterpress with his table top press and will help you make your own poster to take home.
  • The Write Scribe: The art of calligraphy will be presented by Lynda McNally who will demonstrate strokes and help you create a bookmark with your name.
  • Best Dressed Signs: Sign painting by hand is alive and well in the Boston studio of Josh Luke who will demonstrate basic sign painting techniques and show some of the materials of the trade.
  • Cambridge Typewriter: Tom Furrier will have a selection of typewriters on hand for you to try. He will also show the mechanics of a typewriter by exposing its interior.
  • Jef Czekaj will read from his book in which it’s alphabet anarchy when X doesn’t like his place in the alphabet.

Hands-on letter-based activities will include stencils, stamping, collage and three-dimensional creating.

All activities are suitable for adults and children.

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Fall Family Design Days @BSA SPACE Series Set

Family Design Day Programs @ BSA SPACE encourage children and adults to observe, explore and design together. In these 2 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 20: Wood Work!  We will tour the exhibit “Urban Timber: From seed to city” then go create our own structures using a wood ‘kit of parts’.
  • October 18: Canstruction! with LEGO. See how local Architects and Engineers have rendered their favorite pop culture icons into colossal structures from canned food in the exhibition Canstruction, then design your own creation using LEGO bricks.
  • November 8: Boston Bridges. Learn about the many bridges that span out city’s waterways, then design your own bridge for our Fort Point neighborhood.
  • December 13: 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.BSASpace1-300

Family Day Programs are designed for children ages 5 – 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.

Thank you to Atlantic Wharf for supporting Family Design Days @BSA SPACE.

 

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Urban Timber Family Guide is Available

UT Fmaily GuideExplore the exhibition Urban Timber: From seed to city using the guide, designed for children and families. This exhibition celebrates wood as the region’s most sensible and abundant choice of material for urban building, highlighting its flexibility and technical qualities, including timber’s potential to combat climate change.

Save the date for the Family Design Day focused on the exhibit on September 20th.

@BSA SPACE
290 Congress St. 2nd Floor
Boston

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STEM Summer Professional Development for Educators with MITS

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Join Learning By Design:MA and partners Zoo New England and the Metropolitan Waterworks Museum for the Museum Institute for Teaching Science’s ‘Hybrid’ Course. Hybrid professional development institutes combine 16 hours of on-line instruction with a one-week on-site component.  During the on-site component, spend a day at each partner institution’s site participating in hands-on inquiry investigations combined with content sessions.

Program Description: Innovation – Modeling Solutions to Inspire Classroom Practice

Lead the innovation revolution! Spend the week becoming a scientist, a designer, and an engineer! Investigate science concepts in new and innovative ways as you dive into the worlds of ecology, architecture, and civil engineering.  Investigate animal behavior, habitat diversity and landscape design as you explore how humans study and create innovative and enriching environments for animals and humans.

On-site Dates: July 21st – 25th

Registration is limited. Click Here for more information.

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