Our Architecture + Public Art classes supplement the after-school curriculum by providing an opportunity for our young architects to apply what they’ve learned in the classroom to real-world challenges in their community. Through our established relationships in the community and support from city agencies, our young architects have been able to take on impressive projects such as designing and building two parklets. These projects address needs identified by residents such as increasing safety, providing greenery, and creating gathering spaces, and have been incredibly positive experiences for youth and the communities they serve. Though they have garnered much public support, the time and resources to implement these projects is limited.
However, through the Spring Design/Build Internship, students can participated in the Spring and meet for additional time on Saturdays and over the course of their spring break, when they can take on the construction phase of a project. While earning $150 for their participation!
Over the spring sessions, we will continue relationships with community organizations citywide to further develop public works around the city. Students involved in the Young Architects Design/Build Project come from across San Francisco and we imagine expanding our design/build projects across the city to these and other neighborhoods that our students represent and are most in need of public space. During each build project, youth will develop a designs based on community needs, create models, present to review panels for feedback, create a full-sized prototype, and then build and permanently install their final design.