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July 27, 2018 | Center News, Explore + Learn
Seeking: Philadelphia-based K-12 teachers + volunteer architects and architecture students The beloved Architecture in Education programs returns to Philadelphia schools this fall! The program, which pairs a K-12 classroom teacher with two to three volunteer architects and architecture students, introduces children to the fields of architecture, urban planning, and design once a week for 4-8 weeks. We are seeking both teachers interested in bringing this program into their classroom and architects and architecture students interested in volunteering once a week for 4-8 weeks in a Philadelphia school. We believe every student should have access to design education and that a diverse design community is more responsive and accountable to the people it designs for. This program seeks to support both of those goals. If you are an architect or architecture student interested in volunteering in a classroom, please fill out our Volunteer Form and select the "K-12 Education" option If you are a teacher interested in bringing this program to your classroom, please email [email protected] with the following information: Your name Your school name Your classroom grade level Contact information for both you and your school principal A two-hour training session for interested teachers and volunteers will be held at...more
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photo courtesy of The Handwork Studio

October 4, 2016 | DesignPhiladelphia, 2016 Festival
This year, DesignPhiladelphia is offering the most programming for youngins’ yet. See below for a full list of programs that engage the next generation of designers in hands on learning and play… “A Home for Max the Dog” Read + Build Family Workshop Saturday October 8 th & October 15 th : 11:00AM - 12:00PM @ Center for Architecture and Design Explore the world of architecture + design with your 5-8yo child at this fun family workshop! A great introduction for young minds to the world of design, architecture, and construction. “Animal House” Design + Construct Family Workshop Saturday October 8 th & October 15 th : 1:30PM – 3:00PM @ Center for Architecture and Design Children (9-12yo) will be challenged to design and construct (with your help) a mini home for an animal of their choosing – but they’ll have to make sure the home will keep their animal happy. Sew Tech Sunday October 9th: 3:00PM - 5:00PM @ The Handwork Studio Sew Tech invites students to tinker with technology, science, and fibers to develop interactive creations. We will teach the basics of building a soft circuit using conductive thread and colorful LEDs. All supplies are included and no...more
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September 22, 2016 | Explore + Learn
The Senior Architecture students were tasked with the Parklette design/build. (Architecture is one of the 6 'majors' that CHAD offers and which students choose to pursue their senior year.) The students had 5 days to come up with ideas, develop them, build some study models, prototype some details, assemble the materials needed, build the components and install them. Most of the materials had to already be in the building. My analogy is that it's like opening the fridge and figuring out what to make for dinner. The idea started with a desire to include the entire school community in the Parklette design and creation. They wanted everyone to contribute. They also wanted to engage the passing-by public: to offer an opportunity for community engagement and creation participation. Inspired by some napkin sketches seen during the AIA 2016 Convention at the Center for Architecture & Design in May, we decided this design tradition would be a great, low tech/high reward activity. Everyone at school was offered an opportunity to contribute a sketch or two on provided napkins-- so was the public on Park(ing) Day. We ended up with hundreds which accumulated over the day. Then came the task of the design...more
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Citizens Planning Institute
March 13, 2015 | Explore + Learn, From our Friends
The Citizens Planning Institute (CPI) is the Philadelphia City Planning Commission’s (PCPC) official public education and outreach arm. Founded in 2010, the institute is dedicated to educating individuals and leaders of community organizations who are highly motivated to shape the future of their communities. CPI educates Citizen Planners in community assets, zoning, planning, and development, so they can share this information with their neighbors, friends, and colleagues. As civic engagement is gaining momentum throughout the country, CPI assists the city of Philadelphia with its newly adopted “integrated planning and zoning process” which won an American Planning Association national award for “Excellence in Best Practice”. The Citizen Planner program consists of three core courses , two electives, and a course project. Participants that complete the program will earn a Certificate of Completion as a “Citizen Planner” of Philadelphia. Core course instructors are professionals in the planning industry and include city planners, AIA members, and other members of City government. Surrounded by a diverse cross-section of peers, the program encourages interaction and collaboration amongst peers. The structure of the course, presentations followed by interactive projects, allows participants to instantly apply new knowledge while uncovering challenges that might arise when these ideas are...more