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Eco-Cubby 2011, a workshop program aimed at teaching children about sustainable design, will be launched in Melbourne this weekend.
The program promotes sustainable design by encouraging children to design eco-friendly cubby houses. Children from participating schools will work with volunteering architects and designers in order to learn, understand and take action for sustainable living.
Architects from BVN Architecture, Edwards Moore, Di Mase Architecture, Zen Architects, Jane Cameron Architects, Statkis Architecture and Beate Adfectus are participating in the 2011 program, which will be launched by Melbournes Lord Mayor Robert Doyle on Friday 18 February at ArtPlay, Birrarung Marr.
The Eco-Cubby workshops explore function, materials, shelter and resources using hands-on learning. Architects then assist children by translating their designs into scale models of their work. First launched in 2009, the project is now in its third year.
Primarily focused on raising childrens awareness of sustainability, the program encourages them to take action and improve community understanding of green living.
The initiative is supported by the Sustainable Living Festival, which runs concurrently at venues across the city. Eco-Cubby is a partnership between the City of Melbourne and Regional Arts Victoria. An exhibition of the Eco-Cubby 2010 participant outcomes will also be on display in the ArtPlay Gallery.
*Eco-Cubby launches at 11am on Friday 18 February. The exhibition runs at ArtPlay from 18-27 February.*
*Opening times: Wednesday to Friday, 10am-2pm and weekends from 12-4pm. Entry is free.*
Eco-Cubby coincides with the [“Sustainable Living Festivals Big Weekend”:http://stage.australiandesignreview.com/events/21049-Sustainable-Living-Festival], which brings together a host of talks, exhibitions, comedy, music and kids events promoting sustainable living and green design.
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