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Architecture: The Building Art

Introduce your students to the art of architecture. Borrow three hands-on activities from PHLF that explain the three goals of architecture.

  1. Building Use
    Use blocks to build a house for a mouse, a snake, and a giraffe. Students learn how the use of a building influences its design.
  2. Building Structure
    Use wing nuts, bolts, and plastic pieces to build triangles and other multi-sided shapes and bridge spans. Students learn how structural elements— columns, beams, trusses and walls—help buildings and bridges stand up.
  3. Building Appearance
    Add decorative elements to a two-dimensional house and learn some of the words architects use to describe building details.

Contact Karen (412-471-5808, ext. 537 or karen@phlf.org) to borrow these hands-on activities for a two-week period. PHLF will deliver them to your school.
Fee: $125 for PHLF members, $200 for non-members. Refundable deposit required.

In addition you may borrow a huge, vinyl floor map (12 ft x 16 ft) of Downtown Pittsburgh for a two-week period. Students can use blocks, cardboard, or paper to construct buildings on the Downtown street grid.

Fee: $25 for PHLF members, $35 for non-members. Refundable deposit required.

If you’re only borrowing the map, please come to our offices to pick up the map and return it.

Pittsburgh History & Landmarks Foundation

100 West Station Square Drive, Suite 450

Pittsburgh, PA 15219

Phone: 412-471-5808  |  Fax: 412-471-1633