Students explore Learning Spaces for Design LAB 2016

Who: The Architectural Foundation of Cincinnati and the Public Library of Cincinnati and Hamilton County

What: Design LAB Exhibition 2016

Where: The Main Library, 800 Vine St., Downtown Cincinnati

When: May 1–May 7, 2016

Why: In partnership with the Architectural Foundation of Cincinnati, the Library introduces the Design LAB exhibit (formerly Architecture by Children exhibit), the final piece of an in-classroom design education program tailored to broaden and deepen student awareness, appreciation, and active participation in our built environment. Local professionals teamed up with educators to guide students through a real-world, themed design problem, emphasizing the development of research and observation, critical thinking, problem-solving, verbal and visual communication, creative expression, and presentation skills.

This year’s project theme, "‘Learning Spaces," challenged students to interview, research, program, design, and build models of their ideal learning spaces. Students had the opportunity to create a 24-by-24-inch three-dimensional model and design process board. Selected projects for students in kindergarten through fifth grade are on display in the Atrium, and projects for students in grades 6–12 are being displayed near the MakerSpace.

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