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The activities are numerous and are primarily designed to stimulate interest in architecture and to develop formative skills in drawing and three-dimensional model-making. The emphasis is on awakening the child’s imagination and motivating creativity. Though they do not represent a formula or recipe that dictates a child’s response or productivity, they are fun. Although the course is not designed to comply with social science or technical drawing, these activities may be combined with or adapted to traditional exercises in these courses to rejuvenate both teacher and student.
The listings under “Other Activities” represent a developmental progression from the conceptual models and motor skills that have been acquired through the earlier personal encounter with space. They provide a rudimentary discussion or spatial organization and building elements and functions. The activities illustrate and support these primary investigations into what might seem like difficult concepts.
The bibliography is organized to correspond with sections in the text. It is extensive and partially annotated.
The essay begins with “I want my students to enjoy architecture” and ends with the words “Let your imagination wander.” If sophisticated design and providing students with choices is your goal this is where to start.
(Recommended for Visual Arts and Social Science Grades 7 through 10)
Personal Space Architecture