Icons 1688496959 architecture icondb Architecture

Description backgrounds 1423863800 arcitecture intro

We live in a Designed World…Nature’s and our own. Architecture is our shelter, our habitat, our space for living, learning, working, playing, celebrating, and creating. First people created shelter from rain, high and low temperatures, wind, and humidity or aridness. They inhabited caves, openings in the earth, fashioning, wigwams, yurts, and longhouses. Some shelters were collapsable and transportable from one land to another. Others were constructed of stone or wood and left behind when the water source disappeared or food was not plentiful. People scavenged for available building materials using clay from th earth in adobe, rocks, and stones for walls, wood for roofs. As carved tools became available the craft of forming, cutting, weaving, stitching, stacking, and joining

Your ideas are like the rain that washes down the limbs and brings nutrition to the tree. Stand by your code and create a place - a haven for knowledge, a room for reflection, a station for dreams. This pavilion will test all of your skills at all levels in all times. You will be like the first person to imagine and create a new place on this earth.

You have the power to shape space!

Activity 1 – under, in, on and above architecture

Backgrounds 1423863860 arch under in on above

Architecture is construction of ideas and experiences in built space. It is also sculpture of natural light. Taking these two ideas, begin by exploring single spaces and forms that allow natural light to enter in different ways. In addition explore creating these spaces under ground, in the ground, on top of the ground and above the ground- all places architecture is built! Create 4 models that allow light to enter in different ways while responding to connections to the ground in different ways. Draw your four spaces from above, in section and in plan. Move your ideas around in your imagination, on paper, and in construction!

Activity 2 – Scales of architecture

We make our buildings and then they make us.

Winston Churchill

Architecture is the second skin of the earth. It exists in, on, under and above the earth’s surface depending upon needs, shelter, weather, ground, and the people who build and live in it. Architecture is built across scales of density. It may be a single home and farm in the countryside. It may be a few dwellings by a river or water source. It may cluster into a small village with a main street and a few public buildings. It may develop into a small city. The city may grow into a major urban area. In the 21st century when more than hlaf of the world’s population lives in urban areas, it may be in meglopolis. Draw the different scales in plan and in section and label them. Look at the SCALE Journey and start thinking in connected scales!

What scales of architecture interest you?

Backgrounds 1585665357 architecture a1 copy

Activity 3 – Great Buildings in Architecture

Ever since people began creating cities with access to water and food and safety, types of buildings expanded depending upon their climate, culture, populations, and needs. We can travel the world to visit ancient cities, past, present and future developments. Take a moment to think about what great buildings you know and what makes a great building? Peruse this collection of famous 25 Top UNESCO World Heritage Sites and FIFTY of the World’s Best Buildingsto discover some of earth’s most profound edifices. Choose one of the buildings you discover, sketch it, and write a few sentences about why it is important.

Activity 4 – Make an Architecture Timeline

Since the beginning of time, humans have built shelters for protection. As settlements of people collected, different types of buildings were needed. As communities flourished, cities developed. People in different places and different times have built architecture in response to culture, society, technology, climate and the environment. When we travel we can visit buildings from other centuries that still exist and imagine what they meant to the people who created them and what they mean to people alive today. Research architectural timelines and create one that starts back at least three thousand years ago. Draw and label significant buildings from each century up to the 20th century and the invention of the modern-day tall building, the SKYSCRAPER. Try to add the tall buildings on to the drawings of the historical buildings. How tall do you have to go?

Activity gallery camera

Backgrounds 1585788323 architecture a5pre 1920

Activity 5 – What do architects do?

Architects create ideas. The ideas they construct are in response to community, culture, ecology, environment, economy, and technology. Architects build the “second skin of the earth”. They design the human network of outdoor spaces, buildings, neighborhoods, districts, and structures where we live, learn, work, play, and relax. Look around you. Everything that is not nature is constructed by people. It is known as our built environment. Since the beginning of human evolution, people have migrated into communities with access to air, water, and food. Settlements became villages, then cities, then large urban areas. People migrate to cities for opportunities. and for modern services. Where will you make architecture?

Activity 6 – Do you Want to Be An Architect?

What is the path of becoming an architect? It can start almost anywhere. Perhaps you are interested in cities, or how people live in different cultures and climates. Maybe you like to draw, or build, or construct things already. While most people grow up in homes, and half of the population in cities, architecture provides us with shelter, and a place we can call home. Many architecture centers and schools and non profits offer architecture and design summer camps. Or try online e-learning resoruces like! Try it. You might like it!


  • Program is the:
  • What scale is my model built to?
  • What does my pavilion need?
  • Architecture researches complex systems of information to create solutions.
  • Architecture is materialized ideas.
check answers