To ensure adoption and participation in the project, the municipalities’ preschool teachers will participate in a course that introduces methods and tools for working with the concept of architecture in a preschool education context. The course aims to ensure that the teachers can independently initiate play and games relating to architecture, as well as plan architecture trips in the local area once the project is completed at the end of 2024.
An ArkitekTUR (ArchitecTOUR) with instructors from Danish Architecture Center and Utzon Center stimulates how the children sense and experience architecture. The tour conveys the idea that architecture is everywhere, and provides new ways of understanding architecture by sensing and interacting with it. For the preschool teachers, the tour provides an illustration of how they can plan their own ArkitekTUR.
With fun tools and elements that stimulate the senses, the conversation starts inside the preschool. The experiences then expand when a guide and a preschool teacher team up to lead the children on a tour of the local environment around the school. Activities could include a “rooms” hunt, where the children go searching for “rooms” of different types and sizes. After all, what is a room? Can it also be a small patch of grass under the tree or the sandbox? Or does a room have to have a roof?
The experiences continue back at the preschool, where play can continue based on the five themes: build a cave out of cardboard, build a cave with pillows, build a cave with string and a sheet, etc. Which room is most pleasant? And which is most durable? At home, the play and talk about architecture can continue with parents and siblings. These conversations are facilitated by the Conversation Book, where children and their parents can explore the themes together. The aim is to extend the children’s experiences from an ArkitekTUR by supporting and inspiring conversations between children and adults about architecture. This also inspires the families to venture out on their own and explore their city.
Each course concludes with a mini-exhibition at Danish Architecture Center and Utzon Center.