The Desktop City

Design your own desktop city using everyday household objects and your imagination!

Step by step

Step 1:

Collect 10-15 household objects of varying sizes and shapes, whatever you have around the house! e.g. toothbrush, mugs etc.

Step 2:

Arrange your objects on a flat surface – don’t be too precious! Make sure to take a picture to compare.

Step 3:

Using your preferred drawing materials, sketch out your objects and transform them into your own desktop city. Be as imaginative as possible!

Step 4:

Repeat and create a new city with different objects!

“BDP is a major international, interdisciplinary practice of architects, designers, engineers and urbanists; embracing all the skills needed to provide an integrated, comprehensive service.

We work closely with users, clients and the community to create special places for living, working, shopping, culture and learning across the world.

Founded in 1961, we now have studios across the UK, Ireland, Netherlands, the MENA region, India, Singapore, Canada and China. BDP has a leading track record in all major sectors including health, education, workplace, retail, urbanism, heritage, housing, transport, leisure, public safety, technology and research.

BDP employs 1200 people, making the practice the largest architect-led firms in Europe. We have won over 700 design awards for our work across many sectors, including awards for work of unique scale and scope.

We combine expertise across disciplines, locations, sectors and all major building types to deliver a truly integrated way of working — resulting in high quality, effective and inspiring built spaces.”

This activity was produced as part of our annual Open House Families festival. Open House Families is London’s architecture festival for children. It’s a hands-on and creative experience for children to explore architecture and their city through play. Through workshops and activities hosted by artists and architects, we give families the opportunity to imagine how they can shape their built environment in fun and creative ways. You can find more events occurring as part of the festival here:

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