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Architectural Block Construction

The project is starting with an emphasis on using architectural blocks (“Legos”) to construct dioramas.  This project allows youth to explore architectural design in a three dimensional space. The intent is for this program start with foundational ideas of architecture, some of which youth may already have, and allow youth to continue to build on this knowledge becoming more and more experienced.

Things to Learn/Do in the Project

Level 1- Introductory (about 1 - 3 years of experience)

Diorama illustrating at least 2 architectural features beyond floors, ceilings, and walls

Level 2 - Experienced (about 4 - 6 years of experience)

Diorama illustrating at least 4 architectural features beyond floors, ceilings, and walls, and includes 1 or more motion elements

Level 3 - Advanced (about 7 - 9 years of experience)

Diorama illustrating at least 6 architectural features beyond floors, ceilings, and walls, and includes 2 or more motion elements

Level 4 - Master (10 or more years of experience)

Diorama illustrating at least 8 architectural features beyond floors, ceilings, and walls, and includes 3 or more motion elements

Additional Resources and learning activities related to architecture

Architectural Features (simple definition): an architectural element is a noun (person, place, or thing) that wants your attention.  This could be many things a few examples might be a gothic arch, an awning, a balcony, a bathroom fixture.  The idea is to inspire creativity beyond a simple box. 

Motion Elements refer to things that move.  This is also very open for creativity.  Windows and doors move and so could a grill that is built into the patio, as an example. 

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