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Shape My Street

4 February 2019

Children and women clustered around a model of a neighbourhood

The Shape My Street competition has been designed to introduce young learners to ideas about home, place and community.

This competition was founded by Dr Ed Green and is run by the Welsh School of Architecture.

Shape My Street competition 2019

We are launching the 2019 Shape My Street competition, a national design competition for primary schools in Wales, supported by the STEM network, the Design Commission for Wales and the Future Generations Commission.

The Shape My Street competition is concerned with design and quality in our neighbourhoods and introduces participating Key Stage 2 classes to core ideas about home, place and community. The initiative integrates science and technology learning with creative design-based exercises.

With structured learning activities, classmates will discuss which aspects of ‘home’ and ‘street’ make successful neighbourhoods. The competition activities are intended to develop understanding of the importance of design and quality in the built environment, and raise awareness of careers in related creative industries.

The competition is intended to maximise engagement across primary schools in Wales, and a particular aim of the programme is to encourage participation from schools in remote geographic locations and economically disadvantaged communities.

Participation requires a minimum of two half days in-school.

All competition resources and supporting material will be provided online. For three winning classes, transportation to a prize day at National Museum Wales’ St Fagans site will be paid for by Cardiff University. To express your interest in registering for the competition please email shapemystreet@cardiff.ac.uk.

Shape My Street in 2018

Last year, Key Stage 2 primary school classes around Wales participated in the January 2018 pilot of this Welsh School of Architecture-run design competition.

A high standard of submissions were received throughout. The winners were announced at St Fagans National Museum of History during Wales’ annual Festival of Architecture run by the Royal Society of Architects in Wales, where three winning classes were awarded an activity day, exhibition and other prizes.

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