Architecture for All Ages

This year the Boise City Department of Arts & History and TrICA have teamed up with the Boise Public Library to bring this great, free series to Treasure Valley kids called [re]art: art as your child may not have imagined. From breakdancing to culinary creations and Jewish traditions to old timey radio, the goal is to introduce children to artforms outside of the box therefore expanding their creative thinking.

Last Sunday I took my daughters to Folly, Form & Function in Architecture, a re[art] program dedicated to learning about architectural design and getting kids thinking about the structures in their everyday lives.

The class was one hour, from 3-4pm, and while it was offered a couple of times over the weekend at different Boise Public Library branches, we chose the one at the Hillcrest branch library on Overland in Boise - our favorite.  Local architect Andy Erstad of erstad architects was the instructor and began by asking the kids to name some of their favorite buildings and why.  The answers were diverse, quirky and fun, as the group of ten or so kids all under the age of nine listed off a variety of buldings, vernacular and grand - from science centers to aquariums, an Albertson's grocery store to the Space Needle.

The class was short, as were the kiddos attention spans, so Erstad tried to keep the content easy for the little ones to understand, relatable and interesting.  The best part, however, was the building of their own structures out of playing cards, tape and glue sticks.  The resulting designs were creative and amazing and consisted of backyard patios, horse corrals, museums and bridges.


My girls were shy at first, nervous to tell Erstad that their favorite structure is an old wooden doghouse in our backyard, but they opened right up once the scissors came out.  It was great seeing their creative juices flowing in terms of architecture as art, and Erstad reminded the kids that they can make their own buildings at home out of all sorts of recycled materials, like cereal boxes.  It was interesting for the kids to hear from a working architect a bit about the thought process that goes on in designing buildings, and to get the little ones talking about what makes a structure work for them.


great article… I loved the

great article… I loved the whole concept and article as well… it is very informative and has helped me a lots by explaining architectural design for kids

good article

good article, you are right, for the children to hear a little about the thinking process, the design of buildings, from a work of architects and structural work is what makes them talk about the little guys.

Great job Amy

Nice blog! What a great event and I'm sorry my daughter and I missed it that afternoon. Keep up the good work PI bloggers.

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