DC Volunteers – Design Like a Girl Summer Camp

  • August 19, 2016
  • Author: Carrie Parker

This five-day summer camp was organized by the Washington Architectural Foundation and the Girl Scout Council of the Nation’s Capital that seeks to use design and the arts to enhance STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Math) skills. Every day last week, a group of ten or so volunteers from architecture and engineering firms across the city arrived at the District Architecture Center to teach a group of 40 girls and boys (mostly girls) about the basics of architecture, planning, and construction. The task for the week was to build a special space for themselves that would support their hobbies and interests in a 6’x6’x6′ cube. They were taught to think through what uses their building had to…

BuiltWorlds Obama Presidential Center Crowdsourcing Competition

  • August 17, 2016
  • Author: Timothy Swanson

One of the more fascinating events I’ve been able to take part in over the past year has been serving as a judge for the BuiltWorlds Obama Presidential Center crowdsourced design competition. If you’re unfamiliar, the Barack Obama Foundation announced it had narrowed its field of candidates to seven prominent architects who will compete to design the upcoming center and library on Chicago’s south side. For fun and creativity’s sake, BuiltWorlds decided to ask, “What sort of Presidential Library would the people design?” and invited all designers, from everywhere, to unlock their design talent and generate visionary architectural and urban design schemes for this extraordinary, one-time opportunity to shape our…

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