Chicago architecture for kids is growing, and its not just because the school is located in a historic building that’s been home to the city’s first skyscraper.
This year, the Chicago Architecture for Kids (CAK) team is expanding its roster of teachers, who will be joining the school’s architecture faculty and designing new, interactive projects.
This includes a project for a small group of students to create a “miniaturized” museum and exhibit on Chicago’s history.
The program, called “The Architecture for Chicago Kids,” is a collaboration between the CAK and the University of Chicago’s Jacobs School of Architecture.
For more than a year, CAK has partnered with the Jacobs School to provide the students with a hands-on experience of architecture and design in a variety of settings, including a classroom setting, a museum, and a public space.
The group will create a series of educational materials designed to build on the group’s previous experiences in architecture and architecture-focused design.
The first project, a 3D printed museum, will be exhibited in the school library and in the courtyard of the school, with the museum itself being printed by the students.
“The architecture we’ve created is a small and simple project, which is also a great opportunity to connect with students,” said Laura Ettlinger, a CAK senior and a senior in the department of architecture for children.
“We’re going to have a 3-D printable, interactive display with a small museum space.”
The project will be built on the Jacobs building and include an educational classroom, a school library, a playground, and the courtyard.
Ettler will work with students to design, print, and assemble the exhibits.
“Students are the ones that are going to design the displays, and they’re also the ones who are going [to] assemble the display pieces,” Ettner said.
“That’s really what the project is all about.”
The exhibit will be displayed on the building’s ground floor.
Students will use a 3d printer to design and print their own displays.
“It’s really important to me to give them a lot of opportunity to do something they’ve never done before,” said Ettller.
The design process involves the students creating prototypes, creating models, and testing the prototypes to see if they match the real-world objects.
Eettner said that the students will learn about materials and materials science, which will allow them to use 3D printers and other tools in the future.
The exhibit is expected to take about two weeks to complete.
“Our hope is that it’s going to be really helpful for them to take those materials and apply them to things that they’re interested in, like 3D printing,” Eettlinger said.
CAK also has an upcoming class on minimalism and architecture that students can take as part of their undergraduate program.
The students will be working on an interactive architectural project using the 3D printables that the group is creating.
Eittlinger said the class is “really unique because it’s actually using 3D-printable objects.”
The students can then use the models to design their own buildings.
“So they can be building a small, simple, interactive museum and having it on their walls, and then they can show people how they built it, how they designed it, and how they can get it built and have it go up and be installed,” Eittler said.
The project is part of the CAk program’s ongoing efforts to create experiential learning experiences for students.
The school also recently launched a series called “Building a Sustainable Community,” which will involve the group teaching students how to build sustainable homes, which in turn will give students a better understanding of how the community can be built in a sustainable manner.
“I think it’s really great that the kids are learning about sustainable living and what’s possible when they do,” said Michelle Gagliano, a student in the CAH program.
“They’re getting the idea of sustainable living, but also understanding the different steps you have to take to build a sustainable lifestyle.
This project is really about building a little bit of a space to bring together these different aspects of living and building in the same space.”