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.
- 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.
- 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.
- Building Appearance
Add decorative elements to a two-dimensional house and learn some of the words architects use to describe building details.
Contact Sarah Greenwald (412-471-5808, ext. 537 or firstname.lastname@example.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.