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The Center for Architecture

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Summer@theCenter

Architecture Camps at the Center for Architecture

 

Summer@theCenter 2016 classes run weekly from June 20 - August 26, Monday - Friday, from 9 am - 4 pm at the Center for Architecture.

Each week-long program explores a different topic in architecture and design through art and building activities, design challenges, and special site visits. Programs are for students entering 3 - 12 grade in the Fall. Students bring their own lunch daily.
 

A limited number of need-based partial scholarships are available. Scholarship applications are due by April 15th for all summer programs. To apply for a scholarship, you must register online using the links below and also submit a separate Scholarship Application Form. Your registration includes your acceptance of ourTerms & Conditions.
 

Tuition: $600/ week-long session. Tuition is non-refundable, so please check your dates carefully before registering. 
 

Questions? Email info@cfafoundation.org


Summer 2016 Programs 


June 20 - 24, 2016

Skyscrapers from the Ground Up (Grades 3-5)

Bring your building crew and get ready for skyscrapers - the ultimate challenge! Around the world, skyscrapers are being built taller than ever before, in shapes that have never been seen. Learn about some of the new innovative projects and then work to design and build your own model skyscraper.
Sold Out- to be added to the waitlist please email info@cfafoundation.org


Digital Design: From Micro Unit to Modular Building (Grades 9-12)

This studio introduces students to SketchUp, a fun and free 3D computer modeling program. Students will design a small personal dwelling or micro-unit, then learn how to duplicate their dwelling to create a large urban structure, inspired by architect Moshe Safdie’s Habitat from Expo ‘67 and his recently completed Sky Habitat in Singapore. Students will explore architectural design from small details to a large megastructure and create an animated walk-through movie of their finished project.
Register


June 27 - July 1, 2016
Building Bridges (Grades 3-5)
Popular demand for this exciting topic has prompted a week-long studio focusing on bridges. Students will visit some of NYC’s great and lesser known bridges to learn about the many different types of bridges and how they work. Students will put their new knowledge to the test as they create several models of different types of bridges, including a final bridge of their own design.
Sold Out- to be added to the waitlist please email info@cfafoundation.org


Digital Design: Lunar Living (Grades 6-8) 
This design studio introduces students to SketchUp, a fun and free 3D computer modeling program. Students will explore the challenges of designing in a zero-gravity environment and imagine how they might live in space. Using SketchUp, participants will design a portion of a space habitat and create an animated walk through movie of their finished project.
Sold Out - to be added to the waitlist please email info@cfafoundation.org


July 5 - 8, 2016 (4-day program)
Treehouses (Grades 6-8)
Create your own fantastic model treehouse! Students will begin by crafting their own tree out of wood and papier mache, then work with its unique arrangement of branches to build a one-of-a-kind treehouse.
Sold Out - to be added to the waitlist please email info@cfafoundation.org

 

Digital Design: Lunar Living (Grades 6-8) 
This design studio introduces students to SketchUp, a fun and free 3D computer modeling program. Students will explore the challenges of designing in a zero-gravity environment and imagine how they might live in space. Using SketchUp, participants will design a portion of a space habitat and create an animated walk through movie of their finished project.
Sold Out - to be added to the waitlist please email info@cfafoundation.org


July 11 - 15, 2016
Neighborhood Design (Grades 3-5)
Summer is a great time to explore Greenwich Village. Join us to investigate this fun and exciting neighborhood through scavenger hunts, sketching, architectural rubbings, photography and more. Working together, students will then create their own model neighborhood, with each child designing and building their favorite piece of a new city neighborhood they would all enjoy. 
Sold Out- to be added to the waitlist please email info@cfafoundation.org


Architectural Drawing (Grades 9-12)

Develop your drawing abilities and new portfolio pieces as you get to know some amazing spaces and places in the city. Students will learn the basics of perspective and free-hand drawing through lessons at the Center and sketching trips to local buildings and sites. Topics will include techniques for showing light, shade, shadow, and rendering different building materials.
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July 18 - 22, 2016
Green Island Home (Grades 6-8) 
Imagine having a small island in the Hudson River all to yourself! Who and what would you bring to your island? In this 5-day studio, you’ll design an eco-friendly home for yourself on an imaginary island in the Hudson River. You’ll also learn how to create buildings and landscapes that take advantage of our climate and natural resources to make your island a “green” oasis in the city.
Sold Out - to be added to the waitlist please email info@cfafoundation.org
 

July 18 - 29, 2016 (2-week program)
Architectural Design Studio (Grades 9-12)
High School students interested in exploring the field of architecture and developing their portfolios will get a thorough introduction to the design process in this two-week intensive studio. Focused around a studio design project, students will learn how to work through an architectural program: from site analysis and developing a design concept to creating scale drawings and 3-D models of their design for a final presentation. Studio class will be supplemented by visits to an architectural office and a college architecture program, architectural history lessons and design analysis activities.
Register
 

July 25 - 29, 2016
Design Your Dream House (Grades 3-5)
Would your dream house be a penthouse apartment, modern beach house or a castle in the hills? Create a model of your own personal dream house or apartment in this design and model-making studio. Examples of amazing houses from around the world will provide ideas and inspiration, but the final design is up to you! 
Sold Out- to be added to the waitlist please email info@cfafoundation.org
 


August 1 - 5, 2016
Skyscrapers from the Ground Up (Grades 3-5)

Bring your building crew and get ready for skyscrapers - the ultimate challenge! Around the world, skyscrapers are being built taller than ever before, in shapes that have never been seen. Learn about some of the new innovative projects on trips to city skyscrapers and visits with architects, then work to design and build your own model skyscraper. 
Sold Out - to be added to the waitlist please email info@cfafoundation.org

 
21st Century Skyscraper (Grades 6-8)
Skyscrapers define a city’s skyline and New York City is no exception. Learn how to blend art and science as you design a skyscraper for 21st century NYC that incorporates “green” design ideas and a strong structural system. We will tour city skyscrapers, meet with architects and look at the latest “supertall” towers being built abroad. As a final project, students create their own model skyscraper from the ground up, using what they have learned.
Sold Out - to be added to the waitlist please email info@cfafoundation.org
 

August 8 - 12, 2016
Playgrounds (Grades 3-5)

Kids are the experts in this week-long studio focusing on the design of playgrounds. The class will visit several unique playgrounds in the city to assess their design features by playing (of course!) and conducting on-site analysis through surveys, drawings and user interviews. Students will create a model of their own working piece of playground equipment and work together as a group to design and build their own ideal playground.
Sold Out- to be added to the waitlist please email info@cfafoundation.org

Store Design (Grades 6-8)
What kind of store would you most like to run? Whether it’s a skateboard shop, café/restaurant or fashion center, you’ll have fun creating your own architectural scale drawings and model of a storefront and store interior of your own design. Learn how designers create retail spaces that are both exciting and functional as we visit and learn from some of the city’s great retail spaces and architecture offices specializing in store design.
Sold Out - to be added to the waitlist please email info@cfafoundation.org
 


August 15 - 19, 2016
Harry Potter Set Design (Grades 6-8)
Join us at Platform 9-3/4 for a trip to Hogwarts or one of the other fantastic places in Harry Potter’s world. In this studio, you’ll get to design and build a movie set of your favorite place from Harry Potter. Bring one of the movie scenes to life, or create your own version of a Hogwart's Common Room or Diagon Alley as you imagine it would look.
Register

Digital Design: Bridges (Grades 9-12)
Popular demand for this exciting topic has prompted a week-long studio focusing on bridges. This design studio introduces students to SketchUp, a fun and free 3D computer modeling program. Students will visit some of NYC’s great and lesser known bridges to learn about the many different types of bridges and how they work. Using SketchUp, participants will then design their own bridge and create an animated run-through movie of their finished project.
Sold Out- to be added to the waitlist please email info@cfafoundation.org

August 15 - 26, 2016 (2-week program)
Architectural Design Studio (Grades 9-12)
High School students interested in exploring the field of architecture and developing their portfolios will get a thorough introduction to the design process in this two-week intensive studio. Focused around a studio design project, students will learn how to work through an architectural program: from site analysis and developing a design concept to creating scale drawings and 3-D models of their design for a final presentation. Studio class will be supplemented by visits to an architectural office and a college architecture program, architectural history lessons and design analysis activities. 
Sold Out- to be added to the waitlist please email info@cfafoundation.org

August 22 - 26, 2016
Harry Potter Set Design (Grades 3-5)
Join us at Platform 9-3/4 for a trip to Hogwarts or one of the other fantastic places in Harry Potter’s world. In this studio, you’ll get to design and build a movie set of your favorite place from Harry Potter. Bring one of the movie scenes to life, or create your own version of a Hogwart's Common Room or Diagon Alley as you imagine it would look.
Sold Out - to be added to the waitlist please email info@cfafoundation.org

Digital Design: From Micro Unit to Modular Building
(Grades 6-8)
This studio introduces students to using SketchUp as a tool for designing a small personal dwelling or mirco-unit. Students will learn skills that will allow them to duplicate their dwelling into a large urban structure, inspired by architect Moshe Safdie’s Habitat from Expo ‘67 and his recently completed Sky Habitat in Singapore. Students will explore architectural design from small details to a large megastructure and create an animated walk-through movie of their finished project.
Register