Education for environmental justice must begin early, as children are disproportionately affected by issues of climate change and forced displacement. However, questions of architecture are often overlooked in children’s education, despite the fact that the built environment is an indirect contributor to climate change, and architects must develop new visions to mitigate these effects on vulnerable populations.
Architecture Playshop is a creative workshop for children that encourages guided and play-based learning. Through it, we seek to learn from children, build their awareness about the role of architecture in climate change, and plant the seeds of future action they can implement as adults.
The sessions are organised around the following topics: building materials and embodied environmental impact; climate change and urbanisation; rising sea levels and adapting how we live in coastal areas; and forced migration and dignified accommodation.
Our overarching intention is to have children recognize themselves as builders and designers, and to see themselves as future architects who can contribute to imaginative, sustainable design in the fight against climate change.