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Family Design Day: Temporary Shelter

September 30, 2017 | 10:30 AM - 12:30 PM
Price: $10 ($8 for Friends of BSA Space and BSA members)
Where: BSA Space, 290 Congress Street, Boston

Family Design Day: Temporary Shelter

If you were to create a structure that could be erected quickly, what material would you choose? Probably one that is strong, flexible, and lightweight. Designers choose materials with properties that help solve  their design problems. Inspired by the exhibitions BUILDing Forward and The New Inflatable Moment, participants will learn how materials, both inflatable and not, can be utilized to create spaces that are functional and quick to deploy. Then they will be given a hands-on challenge: to design a temporary shelter using a kit of parts.

This family program is designed for parents and children aged five to 13 years old. A maximum ratio of one adult per three children will be required. Please register both children and adults. 

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Family Design Day programs encourage children and adults to observe, explore, and design together. In these two-hour hands-on workshops, families are introduced to architecture and design through exhibition tours, walking tours, or slide shows and then complete a hands-on design activity. Architects and design educators lead the activities focused on the built environment of Boston and the world.

BSA Space is one block from South Station. Enter through the BSA Space entrance and go up the green staircase. The program begins promptly at start time.

Your registration includes acceptance of the BSA Space photo release and consent policy. Registrants to this event will be added to the BSA Space mailing list for updates on future public programs and exhibitions. Registrants may unsubscribe at any time. Email addresses will not be shared or sold to third parties.

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Image: Family Design Day, credit: Mike Lawrie. 


Celebrate the sesquicentennial anniversary of Boston Society of Architects/AIA (BSA) in 2017. Read a weekly essay by BSA’s leaders and allies and enjoy a free exhibition focusing on its achievements over the last 150 years.