Opening up Architecture: Expert architectural insights captured in over 50 videos about three uniquebuildings in London.
How often do we consider the influence that the built environment has on our daily London lives?How do the materials, use of light, layout and construction methods impact on our work and leisure?
LGfL has been working in partnership with Open-City since September 2011, supporting the Open-City Education programme. This highly regarded programme incorporates architecture into thePrimary and Secondary curriculum, helping London teachers and students to better understand thebuilt environment.
During 2012, LGfL and Open-City created a resource called ‘Opening up Architecture’ that offers aninsight into three unique buildings in London. With help from three architects that have a deepunderstanding of each building, they unlock the vision behind each one and how it meets the needsof the clients and daily users.
Materials used, use of light and sensitivities of the needs of clients and daily users are all analysedand presented in an accessible way for the non-specialist to incorporate into a wide range ofcurriculum areas including:
- Art & Design
- Design technology
- PSHE education
Designed with a new interface offering a fully filtered resource bank and the latest online videotechnology, 'Opening up Architecture' provides a unique resource that aims to develop a betterunderstanding of the environment in which we all live our daily lives.
The Maggie’s Centre building featured in this resource is designed to offer a sanctuary foranyone affected by cancer. The video footage of the Maggie’s Centre sensitively places thebuilding's use within this important context. Teachers using this resource will need to besensitive when using this material with students that may have had some experience ofcancer within their family or friendship network.