Exploring Architecture & Bridge Design


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Model Making, Construction

Heatherwick Studios & ALA Architects

In this pathway, suitable for ages 5 to 11, we explore the work of architects who build bridges.  Use their work as the basis for conversation in the classroom, and then use the AccessArt resources below to enable pupils to explore structural ways to create a connection. 

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Van Gogh, The Langlois Bridge at Arles with Women Washing
ages 5-8
ages 9-11

Explore Architects...

The Garden Bridge, by  Heatherwick Studio.

Sadly, this bridge did not get built, but it is an interesting case study for children to explore. Designed by Thomas Heatherwick studios, see  wonderful images of the design process for this bridge. 

Nine Elms Bridge, London, by ALA

Architects often enter competitions and this beautiful bridge is an entry in a bridge competition. It is designed to give shared and equal access to pedestrians, wheelchair users and cyclists without the need for any lifts. See the Bridge

And Use These AccessArt Resources...

Design Through Making: Build Your Bridge!

Adapt the resource here to enable children to build a bridge collaboratively using the Design Through making approach. See the Resource. 

Pedagogy in 250 Words: 'How to Use Artists Work as Inpiration in the Classroom'

Pedagogy in 250 Words: 'How to Use Artists Work as Inpiration in the Classroom'

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