200 Utah School Kids Build City Made of Cardboard for Architecture Week

Published 04/29 2014 01:23PM

Updated 04/30 2014 12:30PM

SALT LAKE CITY, Utah (ABC4 Utah) - Utah Governor Gary Herbert has signed a proclamation declaring April 27th - May 3rd "Architecture Week in Utah". 

This spring 200 school kids learned that building a dream city is easier when it's made out of cardboard than from steel and concrete, but the principles of design still apply.  "Box City" is a miniature community of cardboard, construction paper and pipe cleaner "people'.  Architects and architectural grad students worked with 4th, 5th and 6th graders and their teachers to explore the basics of design, the physics of structure and the essentials of city planning.   It will be on display as one of the events for Architecture Week.

The Utah Center for Architecture (UCFA), a non-profit cultural organization created the week to invite people to look more closely at their neighborhoods and urban environments and to appreciate inspired design where it occurs. 

The tours and exhibits are free and open to the public.  Here are the events from Wednesday, April 30th - Saturday, May 3rd.

Wednesday, April 30

6:00 – 7:00 p.m.
Educating Elementary Children Through Architecture (EECTA) Box City Awards presentation and new exhibit about design principles taught through EECTA for adults. Salt Lake City Main Public Library Urban Room and Auditorium. Box City closes.

Friday, May 2

5:30 – 6:30 p.m.
Walking tour: “East of Washington: Reintroducing the Trolley District” of Odgen’s historic 25th Street and original streetcar neighborhoods led by co-authors of Ogden’s Historic Trolley District Book, Shalae Larsen, ASLA PLA and Sue Wilkerson. Tour begins at Union Station. Co-sponsored by the Trolley Distrct Community Council. Refreshments provided.

6:00 – 9:00 p.m.
Exhibit: Brett Donnelly Gallery in Ogden hosts ”Form, Space and Concept” an exhibit of models created by architects and architectural students to explore concepts, ideas, and functions that ultimately are developed into habitable spaces.

Saturday, May 3

10:00 – 11:30 a.m.

“Rethinking Sugar House Park”, a Jane Jacobs Walk, will be led by University Honors students who studied it in depth and recently shared capital improvement ideas for the park with the Sugar House Park Authority. The walk will allow participants to share ideas and re-envision the park (see map for tour route). Co-sponsored by UCFA. Refreshments provided.

11:00 a.m. – Noon
Walking tour of late 19th and early 20th century commercial buildings in downtown Salt Lake City designed by Richard Kletting, architect of the Utah Capitol. Meet in the courtyard of the Boston & Newhouse Buildings on Exchange Place at Main St. Led by Allen Roberts, AIA, historic preservation expert and CRSA president.

2:00 – 3:00 p.m.
Tour of St. Joseph the Worker Catholic Church, completed in 2011, designed by Sparano & Mooney Architecture, at 7405 S Redwood Road, West Jordan. Received the Design Arts Award from the Utah Arts Council, an Excellence in Concrete Award from the American Concrete Institute, and Merit Awards from AIA Western Mountain Region and from AIA Utah.

For more information, please visit: http://utahcfa.org/.

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