Building Futures

Building Futures

i.d.o had the pleasure of participating in this year’s Great Start Event sponsored by OfficeWorks, Herman Miller and their alliance partners. The event was held at the Lilly Boys and Girls Club of Indianapolis branch. It was a great opportunity to work along side twenty other A&D firms from our city who willingly gave of their time and talent to area youth ages 8-12 year olds. Every team came pumped up with their unique theme on how to introduce the kids to our profession. There were a variety of creative stations represented from the edible architecture to the design your own fabric. The architects, designers and other professionals rolled up their sleeves, sat on the floor and led eager faces and willing hands through some aspect of the creative design process. Our firm’s theme was a play off the popular Build-A-Bear stores, with the Plan-A-House concept. With careful consideration of the age group and their knowledge of design, a simple plan view of a 912 square foot home was created. Our plan was to introduce the students to concepts of space planning, by having them replicate our provided plan on colorful grid paper. Next, they were suppose to plan the spaces within the rooms using furniture templates and then finally, complete their design by creating a storyboard of finishes for their spaces. Confession… while planning this activity, we envisioned a different outcome from the students than what we received. We had no idea that their own minds would begin to spill over onto the paper with their own unique plans for their homes. Some kids drew basic home elevations and then begin to place the rooms within their elevations. While other budding designers sketched in basements and attics to reflect their own existing homes. Most notably, some of the students drew homes to include spas, game rooms, and my personal favorite — the culture room. When the young designer was asked, “what is the culture room?”, she looked up matter-a-factly and stated, “where you go to learn about other cultures.” Love it! Another budding designer took the grid paper and while we were explaining the concept to one of his friends, he completed his house design with immaculate precision. When asked if he needed any help, he said, “no, I’ve got it.” Based on what he was able to produce so quickly, we concluded that he was definitely an engineer in the making! After the completion of their layouts, many moved on and selected paint, carpet, and tile finishes for each of their rooms, giving great thought to how they wanted their spaces to look. The Boys and Girls Club of Indianapolis vision statement is that “every child will have the opportunity to reach their full potential.” Events like the Great Start Event are a great way for the A&D community to help them achieve that vision and at the same time encourage some incredibly talented youth to pursue a career they may have not known about before. What events have you participated in that are community service based? By: Cherie Anderson and Tony White

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