Designing with Children

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Courtesy: Marianthi Liapi

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We thought we would stop at 3. When we found out, however, about the work that architects Marianthi Liapi, Kostis Ouggrinis, Elli Gkologkina and Ioanna Fragkaki do in the city of Chania in Crete, Greece, this soon became our 4th case study.

The three architects have been working with pupils of the 13th Primary School of Amperias, in Chania since December 2013 in a series of projects and interventions aiming to address various spatial issues that the school community faces and bring about change mainly through re-use of existing materials. During the initial phase of their collaboration with the school in early 2014, the design team engaged around 40-50 pupils in consultation (including questionnaires, collages, drawings) and hands-on design and build activities, such as re-designing the school fence or building movable structures designed to allow separate, flexible areas within the school building (see photographic material attached). This is part of a longer 3-year engagement process between the architects and the school, which is what makes this case study particularly interesting to follow.

Currently the school has identified the need for a new bookcase to be built for general school use, the underlying principle being that it is owned and managed by the pupils, rather than the school staff and management. The architects have already engaged the pupils in what they call ‘co-concept phase’, which enabled them to discuss the goals of the project and brainstorm ideas for implementation. The 6th graders are key players in this process and ambassadors to the rest of the school. Part of this work we are going to observe and explore on Thursday 6th and Friday 7th November 2014 and report back on return…

A big thanks to Marianthi, Elli, Ioanna, Ourania, Kostis, Christofia and Chryssa for enabling this collaboration.

Design team

(phase one December 2013-June 2014)

Marianthi Liapi, Architect-Engineer AUTh, MSc MIT, Research Associate TUC TIE Lab

Elli Gkologkina, Architect-Engineer TUC, Research Assistant, TUC TIE Lab

Anna-Roza Moschouti-Vermeer, Student, TUC School of Architectural Engineering and TIE Lab Researcher

Mariana Paschidi, Student, TUC School of Architectural Engineering and TIE Lab Researcher

Antigoni Kampitaki, Student, TUC School of Architectural Engineering and TIE Lab Researcher

Ourania Altouva, Student, TUC School of Architectural Engineering and TIE Lab Researcher

Sotiris Ntzoufras, Student, TUC School of Architectural Engineering and TIE Lab Researcher

Ioulia Barbouti, Architect-Engineer/MArch, Nottingham Trent University

Christofia Boudrogianni, Teacher at the Amperia School

Chrysa Terezaki, Principal at the Amperia School

(phase two-current)

Marianthi Liapi, Architect-Engineer AUTh, MSc MIT, Research Associate TUC TIE Lab

Elli Gkologkina, Architect-Engineer TUC, Research Assistant, TUC TIE Lab

Ioanna Fragkaki, Architect-Engineer TUC, MSc TU Delft, Research Assistant, TUC TIE Lab

Ourania Altouva, Student, TUC School of Architectural Engineering and TIE Lab Researcher

Christofia Boudrogianni, Teacher at the Amperia School

Chrysa Terezaki, Principal at the Amperia School

TUC: Technical University of Crete

TIE Lab: Transformable Intelligent Environments Laboratory / http://www.tielab.tuc.gr/

TIE Lab Director: Konstantinos-Alketas Oungrinis, Asst. Professor TUC School of Architectural Engineering

Posted 5th November 2014 12:39 by Maria Patsarika

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