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Making “Connections” with Architecture

Wednesday 4th May 2005 at 11am 0 Comments

Architecture students from Queen's University and 235 Belfast primary school pupils have joined forces to learn more about design and the built environment.

Following on the success of last year’s pilot initiative entitled "Connections 2004", the School of Architecture has teamed up once again with four Belfast primary schools to help youngsters explore the links between architectural design and a number of curriculum subjects.

The project marks the second year of a partnership between Queen's Architecture and the Arts Council of Northern Ireland, which supported the initiative with a £7,500 Development Fund grant, in line with the Arts Council's promotion of architecture in the field of education.

Project co-ordinator, Brendan Carabine, from the School of Architecture, said the initiative forms part of the Design and Communication studio project work at stage two of the BSc (Hons) in Architecture.

"A total of 66 students work in teams with 9 classes of primary seven pupils who will 'learn by doing' in a series of practical workshops”.

"As well as developing skills in English and Design & Technology the project should increase awareness of built environment issues among teachers and schoolchildren by making connections between architecture and Geography, History, Mathematics, Science and Art and Design at key stage two in the National Curriculum," he explained.

During the workshops pupils will be able to create architectural drawings, models and structures, which will help their team work skills, as well as build confidence and encourage some of them to think about design-related careers.

"The architecture students also benefit by developing their creative ideas and knowledge and build confidence and experience through explaining design concepts to children in language they can understand," he said.

To mark the culmination of the project students and pupils will unite for a grand finale in the Whitla Hall on Wednesday 4 May. During the event the school children will get the chance to prepare posters for displays, with the help of the stage 2 tutors, the Arts Council's Architecture and Public Art Officer and volunteers from the Royal Society of Ulster Architects.

The event will bring diverse groups of children from different communities across the city into a single environment to learn from each other and offers an exciting opportunity to be involved in university life," said Mr Carabine.

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