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Explore Architecture: Building Stacked Houses (LIVE)

Class
Fifi Henderson
Average rating:4.9Number of reviews:(306)
In this maker-based workshop, students design and build their own unique stacked house based on houses from Italy, Hong Kong, Tibet, the Studio Ghibli movie Howl's Moving Castle and artists whose work showcase fantastical stacked houses.

Class experience

Wicked Workshop is a maker-based program that introduces youth to architecture through reality-based projects that tackle "wicked" problems like inadequate housing and environmental health. We teach decision-making strategies, complex problem solving, and critical thinking methods recognized as vital 21st century skills necessary to succeed in work, life and citizenship through a straightforward hands-on curriculum based on authentic projects that foster independent thinking, self-directed learning, exploration, iteration and creativity.  

In Stacked Houses, we focus on historical and fictional architecture to bring to life imaginative ideas and encourage problem solving, big and small. Students practice fine motor skills and empathy while working to connect several parts and pieces to create a convincing design by combining historical data and cultural trends for inspiration. 
Wicked workshop is taught by Phyllis (Fifi) Henderson.  A mom to two active girls, an architect and an educator, Fifi creates learning experiences opportunities that build self-esteem, independence and critical thinking skills.  As an educator with a PhD in architectural history and theory, she recognized that Design Thinking was being used outside of professional design practice to help resolve issues in multiple industries including business and societal sectors.  Design Thinking is a non-linear, strategy-based process for problem solving that tackles issues through empathy and iterative hands-on making. It was developed by Stanford University’s “d” school for people in business, higher education, the public sector and K-12 education as a process to create real change. As an architect, Fifi practiced this methodology and recognized it as a direct extension of her traditional university architecture school curriculum. After completing her PhD, she decided to scale that learning experience for a younger audience. Working with kids on big problems has been one of the most rewarding aspects of her career and she is continually energized by the ideas, dynamism and joy that kids bring to wicked problems.
Below is a suggested list of materials for our project;  however, feel free to explore other materials - anything goes!

Must have:
3-4 sheets of colored copy or construction paper 
Clear tape or colored tape

Fun to have for details:
Markers, artificial plants, colored beads, gems, pompoms, colored plastic, leaves from your yard, string, feathers, bubble wrap, tissue paper, rubber bands, clay, patterned paper, hole punch, sticks of any kind, fabric scraps...

Learners will not need to use any apps or websites beyond the standard Outschool tools.
Average rating:4.9Number of reviews:(306)
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I’m a mom to two active girls, an architect and an educator.  As a mom, I spend a lot of time looking for opportunities for my girls to build self-esteem, independence and critical thinking skills.  As an educator with a PhD in architectural... 
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$12

per class
Meets once
75 min

Completed by 807 learners
Live video meetings
Ages: 8-13
3-18 learners per class

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