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Design a Sustainable Shoebox City

Become a Climate Champion for the day and come up with a design for a climate-friendly city.

Suitable for young people at secondary school, aged 11-14.

What to expect

In this workshop, you will learn how to develop design concepts and creative solutions, and what it takes to bring your project to life by working in teams.

At first, we will look at examples of different cities from around the world to understand why designing for climate change is important. The second half of the course will be spent learning about sustainable materials and how to make a 3D model using recycled and waste materials.

At the end of this course, you will feel more confident communicating your ideas using drawings and 3D models, and you can take home your shoebox model and concept.

Participants will have the opportunity to find out more about architecture and planning cities, and to learn what skills are needed to design cities and public spaces.

Workshop with Karen Jelenje

Workshop with Karen Jelenje

Shoebox from a previous workshop


Karen Jelenje

Karen is a designer with a background in architecture and urban design and experience working for public good. Her work is rooted in community development and through her organisation Activate The City!, She explores how young people can contribute to the design and improvement of places and spaces to make an impact in their local communities. Karen is also passionate about engaging more people in tackling global challenges like climate change, especially in the built environment. More about Karen.

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Booking information

Young person: £75
Members: £60

All equipment, materials and light refreshments will be provided, but you’ll need to bring a packed lunch.

For your safety, we are operating at a reduced capacity for our events. Increased cleaning has also been implemented across the museum. Face masks are encouraged.

This activity is suitable for young people at secondary school, aged 11-14, interested in architecture, design and tackling climate change.

Capacity: 20 people

Background image by Karen Jelenje.