If you’re ever looking for inspiration from our youth, as it pertains to the city of Buffalo’s built and natural environment, the upcoming Architecture + Education event, being held at CEPA Gallery, is a worthwhile exploration into the minds of some of the youngest and brightest.
I attended this opening a couple of years ago and was amazed at the different perspectives that these you people had on our city. From concepts on alternative transportation, to the various reuse scenarios of our grain elevators, the minds of you people are not constrained by much beyond the imagination. I remember thinking to myself how important it is to tap into these young minds at an early age, as the creative ideas flow freely. These students will be the future generations of Buffalonians that will carry the torch for our built and creative environments.
A few of this year’s in-class projects are:
-An 8th grade history class from school #53 is learned about the industrial revolution, focusing on tenements and factories, and students built their own tenements and factories for their final project.
– A 4th grade classroom from school #67 studied Buffalo’s grain elevators, and students repurposed a grain elevator into a school for their final project.
– A 3rd grade classroom from school #64 is studying the term empathy, as well as different cultures and handicaps.
*Participating schools are Discovery School #67, Frederick Law Olmsted #64, Community School #53, Buffalo Academy of Visual and Performing Arts #192, Frederick Law Olmsted #64, and Buffalo Public School #81 | Twenty teams of architects and classroom teachers have created unique lesson plans that were implemented in classrooms from October through December.
The overarching idea behind The 2013 Architecture + Education Program is to immerse these young minds into a world where there are no boundaries. Over the years, 16 schools, 99 architects, 82 classrooms, and over 2,500 students have been incorporated into the biennial program that utilizes math, science, history, art, and technology within the Common Core curriculum. Having these bundled resources available to our Public School system is priceless, especially when considering the invaluable relationships struck up with local architects, UB’s School of Architecture and Planning students, and teachers in the Buffalo Public Schools.
The Buffalo Architecture Foundation would like to invite the general public for the opening of the 2013 Architecture and Education Program exhibit on January 10th, 2014. The opening reception will take place at the CEPA Gallery located in the Market Arcade Building (617 Main Street) from 5:00 to 8:00 pm and the exhibit runs through January 24th.