GroupGSA Sponsors Archikidz!

Published on 08/11/2012  Group GSA

By Sony Lim

As part of the 2012 Sydney Architectural Festival, Archikidz! was held for the first time in Australia on 27th October 2012. Founded as an annual event in the Netherlands, it has been held in Buenos Aires, Barcelona, and Rotterdam. It is a free architectural workshop for children, with the goal of inspiring, exciting, and educating children about architecture and the built environment.

Set in the Carriageworks building at Eveleigh, the international award winning of the adaptive reuse of the old rail carriage workshop and its unique industrial and contemporary character was the perfect architectural inspiring stage to introduce the event.  It was so popular that the tickets were booked out not long after it was open to public. Many, including myself were on the waiting list for weeks.

The 300 attended children were grouped in tables of 8. Each table was led by volunteers of 3 architects and student of architecture. The parents free zone workshop arena was truly buzzing with charged actions and exciting activities.  There were 2 main themed activities where the children were encouraged to unleash their creative imagination and engage in their understanding of the built environment.

The first activity was a group project where each table was to build a themed skyscraper out of paper tubes and other materials. Some of the skyscrapers reached up to 5 storeys high! Devoid of structural engineer’s input in the team, some of the towers had a short lifespan only.  The towers were then grouped to form a city. Next, under the theme of “After School, Make it Cool”, each child was presented a 450mm x 450mm board to build a model of the ideal place to “hang out” after school. 

GroupGSA was not only one of the sponsors of the event, but also represented by a few volunteers. Kelly Scoot and Sarah Purcell volunteered behind the scene. Whereas I was one of the workshop architects on the day with my 8 year old Jonathan and his best friend in my group. The kids are definitely looking forward to the next year’s Archikidz!

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