We all live, work and move within designed environments. Feeling comfortable and confident within these spaces is crucial for identity formation and maturity. Experiencing space is one of the most fundamental events of human existence. Practice shows that children and young people are very interested in their surroundings, perceiving it with a high level of awareness. The recognition of architecture is a learned skill, a skill that stimulates spatial comprehension and the understanding of design potential and the built environment. Architecture and built environment education improves visual, linguistic and decision-making skills and empowers a responsible participation in built environments.
The aim of the website www.bink.at is to lower access thresholds by making information and materials easily available.
On the site, documentations and evaluations of finished projects, ideas and classroom learning materials are available, as well as a calendar of built environment education events. It also provides a discussion forum for exchanging experiences with other initiatives in Austria and elsewhere and publishes theoretical articles and commentaries as well as relevant literature and links. The site has been online since late 2010 and is continually being updated and expanded.
This type of nationwide network of regional institutions is unique in the field of built environment education.
“get involved III – bridge the gap”
In line with “get involved I & II” in 2012 and 2014 “get involved III” will continue this successful series with an international competition entitled “bridge the gap”, inviting international architecture- and built environment educators.
With this assignment we expect to reach a very broad audience, from young people to architects, engineers and pedagogues, while keeping in line with the overall topic of this year’s architecture Biennale, “Reporting from the front”.
architectural & built environment education for young people
19th and 20th october 2012
As part of the 13th International Architecture Exhibition La Biennale di Venezia, this symposium will provide participants with an opportunity to share new ideas, and explore methods of architectural and built environment education for children and young people. The symposium is directed towards architects and engineers, scientists, students, educators as well as officials involved in project development and planning.
More information and registration: get involved – discover and create common ground
C My City
How do children and young people perceive our built environment? The virtual architectural map C MY City allows children and youngsters to tell us about it. “C my city!” presents the child’s and young person’s view of buildings and other features of the built environment that they consider important. “C my city!” also showcases children’s ideas about the cityscape of the future. www.cmycity.net