Building the FutureBy
Building the Future courtesy Kyle Walker
The built environment includes structures and systems (buildings, parks, roads, churches, transport, etc.) that often reflect the prevailing culture, style and thought of society in a particular period of time. Like books, paintings, music, artworks and poetry, the built environment can provide students with a rich store-house of information about our past, present and future.
However, ‘reading’ the built environment with depth of understanding, requires teaching students about the key concepts that underpin architectural literacy. In this unit of work, students explore their local neighbourhood and consider sustainability, aesthetic, cultural, safety and functional issues facing our community now and in the future. Students will develop a deeper understanding of how places have come to be, how they are now and how they can be in the future.
This unit of work is part of a suite of innovative teaching materials initiated by the NSW Architects Registration Board as part of its role in promoting an understanding of architectural issues in the community. Building the Future is a collaboration between the Board, the Historic Houses Trust of New South Wales and Sydney Region, NSW Department of Education and Communities.