With the project Architect-toon! (Architect-show!) children can design their own buildings or objects for their neighborhood. They do this in collaboration with architects and landscape designers. Their designs are scanned in 3D and placed on a Google Earth layar. By doing so, they can show their designs in an interactive way.
Architect-toon! uses innovative methods to research media literacy and wants to involve children in the social issues of city renovation.
Usually, city planning is a issue for policy makers and professionals that translate plans into concrete designs. Citizens can give their opinion during organized evenings. The involvement of children in this process is very rare. But children are users of the build environment too, so they should have a say in the designing process as well. It is also a good thing that children learn about the general conditions that apply in city planning.Starting point for this project is an area in the direct surroundings of pupils where a renovation will take place.
Pupils will start researching this in a group and work together with professionals to create a physical design (made of clay or other materials). This object will be scanned to a three-dimensional model that can be showed in Google Earth.
They can then campaign for their ideas by using the possibilities of new media and finally show their plans to the local authorities.