The V&A Learning Department are working on programmes to inspire families and young people to rethink the built environment. The Discovering Architecture Back-pack continues the V&A’s line of award-winning family back-packs, which are all full of brilliant hands-on activities, including jigsaws, stories, puzzles, construction games and objects to handle.
This new addition to the series will be the first to go beyond exploration of the Museum’s collection as it will also encourage children to think about the building and the variety of spaces they can discover. The bag has been developed with Mike Davies, Senior Partner at Rogers Stirk Harbour + Partners (RSHP), who has been responsible for some of the practice’s most innovative projects such as the Millennium Dome and Heathrow Airport Terminal 5.
The Discovering Architecture Back-pack is designed for children aged 7+ and will take families on a journey to learn about the work of architects through drawings, colour, connecting spaces, light and materials, and finally construct a model and design their own building. The Perspex model contained within each pack has been designed by RSHP’s Modelshop Manager, Mike Fairbrass, and represents an everyday interior comprised of the key component functions: bathroom, living area, kitchen, etc. Children can use this model to instantly rearrange the inside of a house to create their ideal living spaces.
Given the subject-matter, the pack takes the form of a messenger bag rather than a more traditional rucksack and contains a folding ruler, pencils, a sketchpad, colour chart and material samples.
Back-packs are part of a wide offer for family audiences visiting the V&A.
The V&A would like to thank RSHP for all of their support with the above programmes.