Kasamakura is a journey with children to architecture and through architecture. We are taking them to experience the process of design and all the incredible things the world of architecture has to offer. This is working both ways, since we are already enjoying this wonderful journey with children and we are learning from the fresh outlook and the mindful attitude they always have.
We follow the design process to create this Project-Based Learning Experience. We are making all kind of hands-on projects and we are focused in the idea of thinking in a creative way. We use as many recycled materials as we can to help them understand the importance of reducing waste, reusing our finite resources, and the respect for the environment; as well as the idea of the essence of things and the second life that lies inside every object. All the activities are given in English and/or in Spanish.
These are designed as after-school activities we would bring to your school, the community center, or the venue of your choice.
- One-time Activity: Independent projects developed in one to a few sessions.
- Per Term/ per School Year: Once per week extra curricular activities.
Projects we do during school hours, working with the teachers to help them in what they do, and to connect the activities with the topics they are covering in the school curriculum. We link Architecture and Design with many of the topics in the School Program, such as: Art, History, Social Studies, Math, Science, Language and Literature, P.E.
- One-time Project: Tailored Activities we developed in one to a few sessions.
- Per Term/ Per School year Project: Tailored projects we prepare with the teachers. The topics will be address vertically, and we can also work in cross-curricular theme based projects that will make the most of this learning experience.
- Collaborative projects: We make projects in collaboration with artists and professionals from different areas of studies and training. We will learn from them, and will see the world through their eyes.
- Participatory projects: cooperative design activities created within the School or community
- Design Thinking: it is a design based approach to solve a wide variety of problems in a creative, innovative, and efficient way; using a process and a set of tools that will move your ideas from concept to make them work.
- Loose-parts project: Inspired by Simon Nicholson’s theory we are researching new opportunities to create adventure playgrounds in voids spaces in our cities.