About the event:
A series of talks open to everyone interested in bringing positive change to their communities, cities and working environments. A panel of industry professionals, innovators and entrepreneurs share insights and experiences with a diverse audience of the public and the design industry. An open informal discussion gives the audience a chance to participate.
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TALK100 Session 3
DESIGN, KIDS AND EDUCATION
How do we involve children in a design process? Why is it important to teach children about design and architecture? Children can develop vital core life skills when they learn in environments designed for creativity and activity. Danish architect Julie Dufour talks about designing the Ama’r Children’s Culture House in Copenhagen, and the classes and activities children experience in the space. Rachel Botsis from Innovate the Cape talks about Bellville Box, a design and innovation challenge for high school learners interested in designing public spaces. Eric Atmore is the Director of the Centre for Early Childhood Development and will share the exciting plans for the Cape Town Museum of Childhood to be launched in 2015.
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About the Bellville Box
The Bellville Box is a design challenge that gives high school learners in the greater Tygerberg region the opportunity to redesign public spaces as part of a broader solution to solving urban challenges within their community.
The challenge requires learners from grades 9 to 11 to think creatively about how urban spaces in the Bellville CBD can be reinvented by introducing activations such as parklets. Working in teams, learners participate in a series of design-thinking workshops and enter their solutions into a design competition. The top five teams create physical models of their solutions. The winning team will work with local designers to manufacture and assemble their Bellville Box solution which will be launched in October 2015.
At the time of writing, the competition winner has been selected and is refining the idea with local design consultants, Thingking.
The Bellville Box is undertaken in partnership with Innovate South Africa and the Greater Tygerberg Partnership.
Julie Dufour has delivered many architecture and design workshops in Denmark and abroad. She teaches children and young people at the Danish Architecture Centre, the Children’s Culture House Ama’r, and Farum School of Art, all in Copenhagen. In addition, she runs family workshops for parents and children at numerous cultural institutions in Denmark, including Rigshospitalet, the main hospital in Copenhagen for children recuperating in the hospital. Julie is an architect and a graduate of the Royal Danish Academy of Fine Arts and the school of Architecture, Denmark. Together with Malene Abildgaard, she has recently published ‘Build, draw and learn – with world-famous architects’
Rachel works for Innovate South Africa, a non-profit organisation that strives to inspire and empower South African youth to use creative thinking to solve challenges in their community. She is the programme administrator for The Bellville Box, an initiative that calls on the youth to reinvent public spaces in the Cape Town surrounds. Rachel is also currently completing her Masters in African Linguistics at the University of Cape Town. Both her academic and social work focuses on looking at the complexities of South African people, their places and their language through a creative lens.
Eric Atmore is the Director of the Centre for Early Childhood Development, a Cape Town-based early childhood development non-profit organisation founded in 1994. He holds a Masters degree in Social Planning, with a thesis on early childhood development (ECD) policy in South Africa. He was a member of two major ECD policy development initiatives: the National Education Policy Investigation of 1992 and the South African Preschool Study of 1994, both of which contributed to the ECD policies of the new post-apartheid government. He wrote the national ECD guidelines for the department of Social Development which were published in 2006, the draft ECD policy for the City of Cape Town, and the ECD policy for the Cape Winelands and Drakenstein municipalities. He was also the project manager for the nationwide ECD audit study in 2000. Eric was part of an ECD task team appointed by Minister Naledi Pandor to undertake an extensive review Grade R and ECD in South Africa. He founded the National Early Childhood Development Alliance in 2005 and the Cape Town Museum of Childhood in 2015. He is currently Adjunct Associate Professor of Social Development at the University of Cape Town.
Location: Watershed, Jubilee Hall 1, V&A Waterfront
Dock Road , Cape Town