When we make space on a table to do homework, when we move a chair into the sunshine or out of its glare, when we wrap ourselves in a blanket preparing to sleep, we are making places that meet our emotional and physical needs. Architects do the same things, yet with permanent materials and only after exploring many, many possibilities before constructing anything meant to last a long time. This course will introduce you to architecture, to how architects collaborate in teams, and to how architects study the world in order to imagine ways to make it better. Together, we will extend and test our imagination by designing a small structure. We will explore many possibilities through drawing, model-making and critical questioning; and we will build some of our placemaking ideas at full scale. We anticipate at least one field trip to learn about local architecture by experiencing it together and as we consider our own design project.
Architecture, Imagination and Placemaking
About Expand Your Mind
For Rising 9th-12th Grade Students
A Unique Experience on a College Campus
Expand Your Mind brings together talented students from across the Twin Cities, the nation, and the world for intensive learning and discovery during two 2-week summer sessions. Located on the beautiful campus of Macalester College, EYM challenges students academically while developing leadership skills, instilling self-confidence, and fostering lifelong friendships among like-minded peers.