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Future Homes: youth design workshop (Downtown)

  • Ottawa School of Art 35 George Street Ottawa, ON, K1N 1K2 Canada (map)

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Design and build a model of your future weather-proof home!

Future Homes is a fun way to explore architecture, geometry, and design.

In this workshop, junior designers will work hands-on with a team of instructors to create their dream home. Starting with a group brainstorm session, our junior designers will be challenged to imagine creative ways to protect their homes from flooding, heavy rains, strong winds, and other weather conditions. Then, it’s model-making time. Junior designers will get help designing and building their model houses using a variety of reclaimed and recycled materials.

Once the designs are complete, we’ll put these models through some stress testing in our lab. We’ll discover what solutions are better at withstanding bad weather, and discuss what worked and what didn’t.

Models that withstand testing will be displayed during the OAW festival.


For parents and guardians:

This event and all the provided supplies are free. Amongst the instructors are architects and designers.

To participate, guardians must sign a document giving OAW the permission to:

  • Let participants use glue guns and utility knives,

  • Photograph and video capture the participants of this event,

  • Produce a short documentary featuring the participants,

  • Screen said documentary at the OAW fest.

Please print, sign, and bring these forms on the day of the workshop:

We’ll provide a half hour snack break. Please inform our staff of any special dietary requirement.


Ottawa School of Art

The Ottawa School of Art is a non-profit art school in downtown Ottawa, Ontario, Canada. The school offers a one-year certificate program, a three-year diploma program, art camps, and general interest courses, as well as providing exhibition space and a boutique for the display and sale of artwork by local artists and students. The school facilities include a ceramics studio, sculpture studio, wood shop, printmaking studio, a dark room for photography, painting studios, and multipurpose studio spaces where life drawing classes take place. — Wikipedia

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Earlier Event: September 23
Volunteer orientation