If you could travel anywhere in the world right now, where would you go? Do you have a favourite building, sculpture or landmark in a different country? Or even a favourite spot in the UK!
Maybe you’d like to take a trip to the Egyptian Pyramids to meet the mummies, or climb the Eiffel Tower to see Paris from up high, or how about checking out Gateshead’s majestic Angel of The North?
We’d like you to choose your favourite and make it using junk material you have at home!
Don’t forget to check out our new TikTok activity for other exciting activities related to this challenge!
Photos of winning family entries, judged by architects from Rogers Stirk Harbour + Partners, were collaged into a world map you see above. This challenge is now finished, but you can still take part for fun and upload your creations at the bottom of the page!
Step 1: Gathering Junk
Work as a family to have a really good look in your recycling bin, bag, or box, and around your home too. What could you use to build your masterpiece?
Look out for: Cereal boxes (and inside bag), Egg boxes, Juice cartons/ bottles, Toilet/ kitchen paper/ tinfoil rolls, milk bottles, Food trays, Bubble wrap, Soap dispensers, Scrap paper/ Newspapers/ Magazines, Paper/ plastic cups etc as well as other things like String, Wire, Elastic bands, Paperclips, cocktail sticks, bamboo BBQ sticks, Scrap fabric, etc.
N.B. Please be careful with sharp edges, and make sure food trays and bottles are clean for you to work with.
Step 2: Warm up Exercise
What you’ll need: your collected junk and other materials, scrap paper and pencils and/ or pens (colouring pencils, Felt-tips, biros etc)
- Place all your found junk objects on a table or the floor.
- All look closely at this group of objects for various shapes and draw the shapes you see.
- All try drawing the outline of one or more of the objects.
- Keep these sketches as we’d like to see them.
Step 3: Transform your junk into a building
What you’ll need: your collected junk, other materials, sketches, scrap paper, pens and access to the internet.
- List all the shapes (2D & 3D) that you see in your junk materials and sketches.
- Do these shapes remind you of any buildings/landmarks? Or shapes found in certain buildings?
- Perhaps use the internet to search for famous world landmarks for inspiration.
- Now decide on which landmark from around the world you are going to make a model of.
Step 4: Make your Model
What you’ll need: your junk material, and any other materials found, scissors, sticky tape, glue. Also hole puncher, stapler (not essential).
Before making look at:
Now it’s time to start making!
Timings: Between 2 hours to 2 days! Depending on the model making techniques you use and size of your model.
Step 5: Sketch & Photograph your Model
What you’ll need: scrap paper, pencils and / or pens, mobile phone camera.
Once you’ve finished your model: All sketch your model and label key features (e.g. materials and/or structure of the building, name of building, your family name etc)
Photograph your sketches and model. Take a look at our photography tips to help you!
Step 6: Upload your creations
Scroll down to upload your work, we’d love to see what you make!
Bonus TikTok Activity!
What is TikTok?
- TikTok is a social media platform which allows users to create fun, interactive videos.
- You can create videos by either filming directly from the app, or on your phone and then editing it within the app.
- Filming directly in the app allows a maximum of 15 seconds and using a video from your phone, allows a maximum of 60 seconds.
- If you don’t have the TikTok app, you can download it from the Apple or Google Play store. If you are between the ages of 13 and 18, you must get parental consent and have the account monitored by a parent. If you are under 13, you must create your TikTok videos on a parent’s account.
TikTok Parental Controls: Child Safety
- Offers a few parental controls in the digital well being section – can enable this on your child’s phone and use a passcode to protect them.
- App has a family pairing feature – use your own adult account to control your child’s account.
- Restricted mode setting – can be locked with a passcode.
- Parents encouraged to share an account with kids under 13.
- Private account feature on TikTok.
- Options to limit screen time.
- In the safety section under “account”, there are options to customise who can post comments on your child’s tiktok and who they can duet with.
How to make a TikTok into Architecture Video
- Pick your favourite landmark (building, monument, sculpture) and you could also find a photo of it on the internet!
- Create a dance and pick a song (from the soundtracks in the app) that you feel represents or links to your chosen landmark or the country where it is. Be as creative as you like!
- Making the video – Filming:
Film yourself/ family dancing, or your family making their junkitecture model, or film/ photograph it in stages.
Film directly into the app if you already have ideas of the TikTok you want to create OR film using your phone camera so that you can choose from the outtakes.
Tip: If filming via the app, you can choose from a range of available effects and filters before filming your video e.g. the green screen filter which allows you to insert a picture of your chosen landmark into the video. You can even set a self-timer to give yourself time to prepare – choose from either 3 or 10 seconds.
- Making the video – Editing:
Once filmed, you can edit the video to your liking – choose from different screen effects, filters, stickers, other sounds and even add text!
- When you are happy with your video, post it on TikTok with a caption and @intoarchitecture/@familiesintoarchitecture #junkitecture!!
NOTE: You have the option to share this publicly, with select friends or privately and if you feel like there is more to add, you can save it as a draft to return to later!
You also have the option to allow comments on the post and to have other people create a duet and react video with yours.
- Don’t forget to submit your video. You can do this by copying your video and sharing it’s link and emailing it to firstname.lastname@example.org.
If you also made a #junkitecture model of your favourite landmark, please send your TikTok video link with the photos and drawings of it.
Since launching at the RCA in 2018, and over the last two summers, Celebrating Architecture has worked with 175 young people from schools across London. Through our Pavilion workshop days these students (aged 9-18 years and from all backgrounds) have discovered, experienced and made architecture in cultural environments, alongside leading London Architects.
This creative and aspirational learning initiative is led by architecture educators, Neil Pinder and Venetia Wolfenden, with the key aim to bring diversity into the profession, so that our future built environments reflect the societies that they are designed for. We are also determined to promote the importance of creative subjects in state schools to ensure continuation of a diverse pipeline of talent to the profession.