SLC Summer Architecture Club 2018

Come join friends for some hands-on architecture fun!


M-F 10am-3pm (BYO lunch)

Week 1 June 18-22 What’s that building made of? (building materials) (past)
Week 2 July 19-20  Why did they build it there? (cities & towns) ONLY THURSDAY & FRIDAY, & no fee applies (past)
Week 3 Aug 6-10    Why did they build it that way? (developing design skills)


our homey home
10-11:00 lesson/activity
11:00-11:30 BYO lunch
11:30-2 hands on activity and/or field trip
2-3 finish each afternoon with playtime


For ages 9 to 109: you can sign up for one, two or three weeks (one is not a prerequisite for another)
$50/week/child should cover expenses.* No cost for adults to some locations — I’ll need the help of at least one per day — and if you like architecture, it should be fun!
Drop off & pick up at our home 1123 E 1300 S.

To sign up: 
Sign up by June 6 & get a free T-shirt!


For afternoon field trips, I will need some driving/chaperone assistance.  I can carry my three + 3 additional people.
Maximum # of students in addition to my own: 7.
I am not an elementary teacher; I am an architect, so I'm afraid don't have that special skill of managing children who don't want to participate.  If your child has difficulty staying on task or enjoying the present activity, please consider attending with them. :)


To give you an idea of what kinds of learning we'll be doing. These will continue to evolve based on access and who will be coming to the club.

What’s that building made of? 

1. INTRO materials — how to build with what you have (and do you need help?) — have stations with different sorts of materials for buildings — local materials — natural materials — in what way are materials strong? (intro to physics/statics) Visit Lodestone Park in Kearns for rammed earth examples (and play time).
2. MUD make adobe bricks , mini rammed earth wall, mud huts in Burkina Faso. (Bring as many colors of dirt as you can.)  Difference between adobe & fired brick. Visit Chase mill. Dessert at Skewered Thai for adobe & fired brick wall?
3. Antonio Gaudi, tile, surfaces, discuss affordability/access/DIY, visit George’s Architectural Salvage or Habitat for Humanity? Visit 3Form?
4. Building with Sticks: Wood/bamboo/iron/steel) — birth of skyscrapers; fabrics & tensile structures.  Trolley Square for exposed iron trusses.
5. Masonry & stone — true masonry, facing/cladding, Mix some concrete & watch it set (pavers). Field trip to outside of Natural history museum (gabion walls) & go on a hike or do Red Butte for $14/$7 person.
6. How heavy is it?  Transporting materials & construction.  What can we build by ourselves & what do we need help with (from neighbors or heavy equipment)?  Barn raisings. Using local materials.  Try to arrange for a visit to a stone company (State Stone?). Visit Oddfellows building on Market street after watching the video.

Why did they build it there?

1. INTRO cities — why do cities grow like they do & smartgrowth vs sprawl. Cities vs. Towns vs. Rural vs. Wilderness.  What does “walkable” mean? Visit Gardner Village & Daybreak? (planned community).  How is it successful, and how is it not?
2. Transportation: freeways, highways, streets, paths, trails; trains, streetcars, trolleys, bikes, boats.
3. Site — situating a building on the land — on top of a hill, nestled (hobbit hole) or hidden, in a row, next to a  river.  Explore pros and cons.  Using Monopoly pieces, different “landscapes” that match cities; larger scale mini figs & bikes & cars for street design... how is this different from hogan villages where all doors face east?  What do you need? Water, good soil, flat surfaces to farm & build (or make terraces). Farming enabled cities...and cities enable synergy, collaboration.  Visit the Leonardo for City Blocks exhibit ($8.95/kids under 12; $12.95/over13).
4. Big buildings — visit some of the largest buildings in SLC (the capitol, a skyscraper (lds church office building observation deck 26th floor), a warehouse (Big D?)
5. Small structures — visit some simple shelters (log cabin), bus stops, restroom buildings, grotto at Garden Park, tiny home?, cemetery.

Why did they build it that way?

1. Connecting outdoors & indoors — shelter from outdoors & moisture protection; tracking the movement of the sun & why we need to understand it using solar model house kits; design your own space. Visit the downtown library.
2. Creating a vision / Telling a Story. Drawing methods to illustrate your idea. Visit Hatch Family Chocolates and JouJou.
3. Design Principles, from space to texture. Design your own personal logo. Continue exploring places that tell a story: visit the Cathedral of the Madeleine?
4. Places that didn't mean to tell a story: architectural fails, running out of money, poor maintenance.  Hands on activity: building temporary structures from cardboard, paper, fabric.
5. Design, and codes.  Why do we have them?  Building for gravity, fire, earthquake & storm safety, protection & security.  Do these protections make our buildings better or worse?

*Please let me know if the cost is a problem.
Fee is $50/week/child, due one week before each camp begins. You can find me on Venmo as Allison Drinkwater Johnson.

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