Happy Trails

Students worked with Primary Schools to create inclusive and engaging places of play, to explore the everyday in-between spaces of the city where children and teachers can work together. Students worked with creative collaborators  to enable the children to gain an understanding of the built and natural environment.

The final set of workshops took place in MMU’s Brooks Building, where EdLab students helped to deliver activities that engaged the children with the architecture of the space.

Students collaborated with TASC (The Architecture School for Children) on the project How Did Your Garden Grow? It engaged children in a creative exploration of the Piccadilly Gardens story. Students helped children to imaginatively peel back the layers of time revealing how the site has changed, eventually understanding how it is today and what it could be in the future.

The proposed redesign of the Gardens presented a fantastic opportunity to give the children’s extracurricular learning an enquiry-led purpose. The four partner Primary schools that participated are from a school’s hub in Moss Side and Hulme and the project helped to break down some of the barriers between inner-city children and the culture at the heart of their city.

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