London Fields schoolchildren redesign Hackney using LEGO bricks
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Television presenter Reggie Yates challenged Hackney school children to re-imagine the world using LEGO bricks - leading to creative and colourful results.
Year 4 children from London Fields Primary School rebuilt the city around them using LEGO pieces. The children’s new neighbourhoods featured chocolate swimming pools and slides instead of stairs, as well as eco-taxis to transport residents between the floors of homes.
When tasked with using their imaginations to create new buildings like schools, the young world builders made sure teachers could relax in spas while monster truck shows were planned twice a week for entertainment.
Architect and founder of DH Liberty, Dara Huang, then brought the children’s re-imagined LEGO world to life, making realistic renders which give a glimpse into the students’ creative minds.
She said: “Seeing the brick builds the children created really opened my eyes to the amazing creative solutions they naturally come up with, and how that thinking can be applied to the real world.
“With my own work, I feel inspired to think differently and with fewer barriers or constraints.”
The LEGO builds saw indoor and rooftop gardens installed into offices to bring nature to urban spaces, encourage wildlife and enhance mindfulness.
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Pupils also incorporated innovative energy solutions into their creations such as solar panels and mechanisms to collect rainwater for more sustainable living.
LEGO play agent David Pallash, who led the workshop, said: “This session and exercise was a great way of encapsulating what the Rebuild the World campaign stands for, which is to celebrate kids’ creativity and challenge adults to see the world through children’s eyes.
“They have a unique, playful outlook and the ability to make the world a little brighter. Without the inhibitions of social norms, logic and social aspects such as status in society, a child’s thinking is fearless.
“There is no right or wrong when it comes to their thinking, which can lead to some incredible creative solutions.”
The project at London Fields Primary, which came about after a brainstorming session held with 60 pupils, is part of LEGO’s Rebuild the World campaign, which looks to celebrate the power of children’s creativity.
Children were asked to design a school, house or office that would make people happy.
Award winning writer, director, presenter and documentary maker Reggie Yates set the brief to the Year 4 pupils.
He said: “I’ve always been passionate about nurturing talent and putting real energy behind creative thought, so seeing the incredible ideas the children came up with was inspiring. It’s clear that they are able to access ideas and thoughts that wouldn’t occur to us adults.”
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