'Body Building: Architecture and the Body' family workshop: drawing session

‘Body Building: Architecture and the Body’ family workshop: drawing session, RIBA

 Watch a video of the workshop and see  what these young designers achieved during ’Body Building: Architecture and the Body’

In an earlier post we asked: When should children start learning about architecture? Of course, the answer was ‘as soon as possible’, especially as there seems to be enthusiasm from children for buildings and exploring the spaces around them – the evidence for this was witnessed at the RIBA a few days ago.

Question and answer session

Question and answer session

A team of staff at RIBA headquarters, led by Education Curator Elizabeth Grant, engaged with young designers and their families to explore architecture using their bodies. The participants of ‘Body Building: Architecture and the Body’, mostly aged 5 upwards, were very willing to share their knowledge and curiosity about how buildings work.

Participants making a dome

Participants making a dome

Participants making arches and vaults

Participants making arches and vaults

Each workshop began with the children using their bodies (and the adults present) to create architectural features; bodies became columns, arms as lintels and through collaboration they created colonnades, arches and domes. An active discussion, using material from the RIBA collections, involved participants answering questions put to them about construction and every building’s battle against gravity. A drawing session, using of the outline of the body to create additions to a skyline, followed. These young designers used their imaginations to give their body-inspired structures unique features – it was a return to the fun and avant garde of Archigram and its ideas for ‘walking cities’.

Drawing an outline

Drawing an outline

Drawing session

Drawing session

Drawing session

Drawing session

This free event, part of the London Festival of Architecture, showed that architecture can spark off fresh ideas, encompass a range of disciplines and is relevant to us all at any age. Learning about architecture should be accessible to all.

RIBA staff with the completed drawing

RIBA staff with the completed drawing

If you want to find out more, please contact the Education Curator library.education@riba.org or visit www.architecture.com to discover all the latest events from across the RIBA.

 

Photographs by Julie Mattison and Wilson Yau

 

About Wilson Yau
I work for the British Architectural Library at the RIBA as part of a team to share news, images and information online about the activities of the Library and the fascinating items we have in our architectural collections – it contains over four million items, so there's plenty to see! If you’re curious about what we do at the Library and with the collections, or want to discover the latest about our education programmes, public events and exhibitions at the RIBA, please visit www.architecture.com

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