“Building great environments is all about learning to see the potentials of the world around us. Archikidz! is all about beginning to realise these potentials by inspiring kids to see the world as positive and full of possibilities.” These lines of Anthony Burke, Head of School Architecture, UTS (University of Technology, Sydney) capture the real essence of Archikidz!.
A decade ago, Archikidz! was initiated in Netherlands as an annual architectural workshop for children. The event is now held in Amsterdam, Rotterdam, Bergen, Barcelona, Buenos Aries and, since last year, in Sydney. This year on Saturday 5 October, around 300 children between age 7-12 will gather at Carriageworks and will be introduced to the world of built environment. Working by side of architect volunteers, the kids will build their models, small and big, around the theme – Building Bridges.
The event is a community initiative of Arque, with the City of Sydney and the Australian Institute of Architects as major partners and is entirely run by volunteers and supporters. From our past experience of being part of the organising team, we know that a lot goes behind making this event. Seeing those amazing large and small scale models made on site by kids, giving a sense of achievement, is a moment all volunteers, sponsors and supporters cherish forever. If you are passionate about architecture and would like to get involved, visit the Archikidz! website to find out more.
Photographs by Vin Rathod, text by Priyanka Rathod
Vin Rathod is an architect and a photographer. He holds a Bachelor of Architecture from KRVIA, Mumbai and Master of Construction Project Management from UNSW, Sydney. Vin is an Emerging Member of Australian Institute of Professional Photography (AIPP) and works in Sydney, Australia. For Vin, each photograph is a design; a design for the subject, be it an art, architecture, city, or a sculpture. He thrives on creativity and imagination and is always developing new ideas. The photographs speak of his vision to see built-form as an artwork. A collection of Vin’s fine art photographs are constantly evolving as seen on his website Through Vin’s Lens.
As an architect, Priyanka is very much interested in exploring designs with sustainable initiatives. After completing Bachelors of Architecture from KRVIA, Mumbai University, she did her Master of Architecture with major in Design from UNSW, Sydney. In her professional career, Priyanka has worked on variety of projects – urban and rural; commercial, institutional and healthcare both in India and Australia. Her volunteering initiatives include participation in the event organising team of Archikidz! Sydney 2012 held during Sydney Architecture Festival. Currently, Priyanka lives and works in Sydney enjoying her time between professional work and some personal initiatives including writing for Through Vin’s Lens.