DENVER (CBS4) – In a unique program, children think outside the box and learn about urban development at the same time. During a Denver Architecture Foundation event, they built a city out of cardboard boxes at the History Colorado Center.
Box City is an annual event that teaches kindergarten through 5th grade children about development and the principles that make architecture, design and planning a success.
Children go through the entire process on their own. They first get a building permit, sketch a sketch of their building, and then stop at a shop to get the materials they need. They then build their building.
“This is definitely a new experience for me,” said 11-year-old Amy Xai.
Box City had hospitals, shopping malls, animal shelters, and Amy’s design for a donut factory. This year the children had to add something new.
“I’ve heard a lot about this new design that is environmentally friendly,” said Amy. “My teacher brings architects who told us about the ‘Green Roof Initiative’.”
In 2018, the Green Roof Initiative was passed in Denver. It requires a new building with an area of at least 25,000 square feet to include light roofs, green spaces, and solar panels in their blueprint. This had to be included in some of the child’s designs.
“You put planters or you put plants on the roof,” said Amy. “It’s probably a bit more difficult than just a normal roof, but it will help our planet develop and stay healthy!”
The Denver Architecture Foundation said it was important for children to learn what urban development is all about.
“The green roof initiative is part of what our buildings now have to do in the city,” explained Pauline Herrera Serianna, managing director of the foundation. “That is why it is important that children learn something about it for the future.”
Working with the Denver Landmark Commission, the children were also able to learn how to make their building a historic landmark.