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This guy- he’s crazy!

February 5, 2012

We were back with the Alberti kids last Saturday, in our now traditional place as the first lecture of the semester. Gay introduced us as “Tom, this guy, he’s crazy, Sue, she’s crazy, good crazy.” We usually share stories about our project, opportunities we’ve discovered with salvaged treasures and the many ideas we have for the B.A.B. This time, though, Gay asked us to talk about what we want to be able to do on the second floor and then let the kids come up with their own designs.

The program has grown to over 100 kids ranging in age from 4th graders through high school students

It was a full house of kids, some we’ve seen for years, but many new faces, too. We left them to their work and returned later in the afternoon to see their models.

They use donated materials and a scaled floor plan to build their ideas

They came up with some inventive ideas, some fanciful, like a roller coaster, some very practical ideas with models showing chairs and tables.

They were encouraged to space plan both horizontally and vertically.

Lucy’s wants were very important to several of the designers. One decided to make a room dedicated to her, with a dog-sized door and “no adults allowed.”

This design features catwalks and ramps for Lucy to explore

The kids were eager to share their ideas with us, each very serious about their efforts and ideas. It was fun to see them explaining their models to the folks that came to take them home.

Here are some of the designers with their finished constructions

We came away inspired and with a realization. We’ll need to recreate a Lucy-spot in the design for upstairs. We’ve been thinking about things like the kitchen, bedrooms and of course, my closet. We hadn’t thought about how much she enjoys looking out the windows from the loft in the apartment. We decided we’ll build a place where she can hang out at the window sill height so she can continue to monitor the neighborhood. Clearly, we’ll need to keep listening to these future architects.

4 Comments leave one →
  1. Maurine permalink
    February 8, 2012 7:50 pm

    I’ve always said I learned as much or more from my students as I taught them. Kids are wonderful, and I know our country will be in good hands someday. Your teacher grandmother would be very proud of you. Mom

  2. February 6, 2012 9:36 am

    I think it’s so cool that you’re sharing your talents with these kids, and encouraging them to use their imagination to develop theirs.


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