Building a Neighborhood, Popup by Popup

National Buildling Museum, Washington, D.C.Working with kids at the National Building Museum’s summer camp this past week, I led a project to construct an entire pop-up community, complete with houses, apartment buildings, schools, grocery stores, libraries, stores, and of course, family and neighbors. Everyone had fun devising their own pop-up people and buildings, while the project also presented an opportunity to discuss nuances of architectural design, city planning, and what defines a “neighborhood.” The summer campers left with their own paper engineered constructions, and more ideas to try at home.

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I stayed after the class to see the museum’s new exhibit, House and Home, which also deals with themes of architecture, community, and the history of household objects. If you’re in Washington, D.C., this summer, it’s definitely worth a visit.

http://www.nbm.org/exhibitions-collections/exhibitions/house-and-home.html

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