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Graeme Bristol

THE CITIZEN ARCHITECT

MAY 2002

The second premise could only be tested by trying it. In order to do that, though, I would need some information from people who have done this before. It was hard enough teaching something about architecture to young students who have already expressed an interest in architecture by enrolling in the program. Trying to teach young children would be quite a different matter. I would need some help with that. Not just with the language barrier between us but with devising a program for teaching something about architecture to kids of this age. With the help of the AIBC and their Architecture for Kids Resource Guide I worked with two volunteer students of mine to put together a 6 week program for the kids covering some basic issues of line, volume, colour and scale. In an attempt to join the abstract with the specific, I thought the kids could do something to change their own environment. While doing that, they could learn something about their ability to do so and then about their right to do so. This exercise was focussed on the colour of the dining room walls. I drew up an elevation of the north wall, made about 50 photocopies of it and, at our next Saturday lesson, handed them out for the children to colour in any way they wanted. I was hoping that we could go through a simulation of the development process with them. In essence, I thought, this wall was no different than a building in terms of the process involved:    

Conceptual design Approval of schematics (I wanted the girls to choose which one or combination of drawings they thought they could all live with) Jurisdictional approval – once the girls have decided, they would have to present it to the authorities for their approval. In this case, Fr. Joe, and the administration. Mobilization for construction (in this case I wanted to get the materials – paint, brushes and so on – and have the graphics department of HDF assist them in painting the wall themselves. In other words there would be no public tender!)

I got about 40 different sketches from them (see Figure 20).

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Citizen Architect 2002  

1. INTRODUCTION In January of 1998, I came to Bangkok to teach architecture. I came with some general intentions and with a set of ideas abo...

Citizen Architect 2002  

1. INTRODUCTION In January of 1998, I came to Bangkok to teach architecture. I came with some general intentions and with a set of ideas abo...

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