Every now and then C has the capacity to surprise me.
We had been waiting for the delivery of the LEGO Architecture Studio – the present he bought with the money he was given for his birthday. (And yes, he waited months until there was a sale so he could afford it – he’s good at waiting, actually.)
It arrived today.
|Inside the studio|
He insisted almost immediately that I read sections aloud and start doing the architecture exercises.
|The original power station design, with added windows.|
The first we stumbled upon was how to go about the initial process of coming up with a design. So all three of us sat down to ‘make models’. Little J made aeroplanes, of course. I clumsily tried to follow their ideas for a bird and a tower. But C had his own idea – a power station.
|Modified design that allowed for a grand entrance
and more residential space.
Initially over the water, but after a bit of thought about engineering, decided that next to a river was the better solution. It was to be a multi-use complex.
|Architecture Brief – the numbers represent
the amount of floors in the building.
The squiggles on the bottom left are the river.
I talked C into writing an architecture brief to explain how the building was to be used. (He’d already talked me through the design, but sneaky mum wanted him to practice his hand-writing.)
|A modular creation|
He hasn’t stopped yet, but has moved onto modular design, boat-inspired buildings and prisons. And I believe after a couple of hours of design, he’s now deciding if he will recreate the Sears Tower, or come up with something else to surprise me, again.
|C’s idea of a prison|
I think it’s going to be architecture city here for the foreseeable future.
If you are looking for architecture material for your own kids, these are worth a look:
- Sceleratus Classical Academy blog-posts on architecture
- Lesson plans for K-6 from the American Institute of Architects
- Grand Designs TV show – the UK version (focusing on homes, but with lots of discussion on good building techniques and modernism)
- This documentary on Frank Lloyd Wright (NB. His life is quite tragic, so be careful with sensitive kids).
- Upside down houses
- Lego recreations of buildings, like Krak Des Chevalier
- House open inspections – C loves the blueprints, which are often available online. Designing your own is fun too!
- Briefs for new skyscrapers, like Victoria One
- Open house days in your city, such as Melbourne Open House
- Or even competitions like, Future City (which we haven’t done …yet!)
2 Replies to “Architecture: The Capacity to Surprise”
I love the idea of an Architecture Brief! (My builder also needs to work on his handwriting.) Thank you for sharing this!
No problem. It's a great idea, and one that architects actually use.