Open Form. Program for Children

Goal and Objectives of the program

Study and Research

Development of the educational product focused on urban planning, jointly with children and adolescents; getting acquainted with the modernist city models, its functions, and elements through urging them to conduct their own research in cooperation with scholars and practitioners. Participants will get to know about basic architecture terminology, learn how to work with architectural environment; know the actors and participants of myth-making; find out the functions of every element of urban space; explore the dynamics of everyday life and practices; discover how our experiences and perceptions of a district and a city are shaped.

We would like to engage children into exploration of tools to understand and "visualize" the principles cities and individual neighbourhoods are designed by. We would like to understand the meaning and impact of architectural environment referring to a local example of planning the LSM area.

Cooperation

To provide for the environment for discussion between the "child expert" and professional experts such as architects, city planners, historians, and sociologists.

Project Making Skills

On the basis of materials, surveys, and talks with experts, we shall be learning together to create an educational product, to search for the best language and form for disseminating the ideas and experiences acquired during the program.

Theme Focus

Architectural concepts/ models, modernism, city models. Elements and functions of the city, key approaches and concepts towards city planning, different urban experiences. Development of private and public architectural environments, participatory architecture, Open Form concept of Oscar and Sofia Hansens. Urban history, public space, heritage and memory within the city, cities of the future, gaming models to cognize the city.

Approaches

“Child expert”
To undermine a conventional divide into the “adult” and “childlike” attitude by enabling and empowering participants with the tools to implement their own projects.

Principle “teach by learning
Joint development of materials to be used by the peers. The approach can best engage and include into the process of learning and cognizing.

Project based learning
Through the project based learning, participants can not only use the knowledge from study disciplines, but also learn to negotiate, to take shared decisions, to undertake responsibility, and to jointly interpret the outcomes of their work.

Program Formats:
Talks, exercises, discussions, city walks, practical sessions, meetings with experts.

Program Structure

The program of the urban camp includes five intensive workshops to develop an educational product. Every day will include a theoretical part (meetings with experts) and a practical block (field study, workshops, walks).

Team

Paulina Janowska, Kasia Kołodziejek, Dominika Komisarczyk – program coordinators, trainers
Khrystyna Boyko – program designer, coordinator on the part of the Center for Urban History

Outcome

Constructor Game

Urban game telling about basic approaches, urban planning models, elements of the city and their functions, enables users with the tools to visualize key principles of spatial organization, with account for the needs and time contexts. Interpretation of the Hansens’ idea of the model can help “assemble” or “disassemble” elements of the city according to the architects’ ideas, or to try design the space on your own.

The game has an objective to teach children basic knowledge in architecture, urban planning, urban legislation, and to show the mechanisms the city needs to function.

Elements (demo version):

-          Model made as a didactic material based on the “open form” principle suggested by Oscar Hansen.

-          Wooden figurines (elements of city planning: housing types, zoning, dividing functions)

-          Cards with different city models (radial city, linear city, garden city…)

-                     Ruler, divider, instructions


Urban Game “Details Matter”

Developed on the basis of the last year project “All Will Be Sykhiv”. It will present the elements of the LSM district, with alternative ways to see, “decipher” and feel the city.

Program is part of the summer school "Urban Summer School: Open Form”