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Kids' visions.

Kids' Visions

Kids' Visions is an exhibit of urban designs created by children in grades 3 through 8 from 4I different public schools in Boston, Cambridge, Newton, Quincy and Somerville, Massachusetts. The exhibit was conducted over a six-week period during which nearly 1,500 students explored ideas of how places in the their communities could look in the future.

Kids' Visions is part of Boston Visions, a national design competition for architects, urban designers, landscape architects and artists to create new visions for future development in Boston.

The goal of Kids' Visions was to introduce basic concepts of urban design and city planning to elementary and middle school students. This was done by studying particular sites in the communities in which these children live. The program also aimed at heightening children's awareness of the effects their physical surroundings can have on the quality of life in their cities and at introducing the idea that communities are designed and that everyone should participate in the design process.

Kids' Visions was sponsored by the Boston Society of Architects, The Boston Foundation for Architecture and WNEV-TV, Boston. Referring to the exhibit, Charles Redmon, Fellow, American Institute of Architects, states that "Children should have designs on the future, we want them to understand that even at their age it's important not only to be sensitive to their environment, but also to take part in planning how their communities can be shaped."
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Title Annotation:Showcase
Publication:School Arts
Date:Oct 1, 1989
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