Design For + By Kids
What better way to learn about the built world than to help create it? Discover Traffic Gardens engages children in the traffic garden design process and creates real-life projects from their work. We emphasize hands-on engagement by hosting collaborative design sessions, where children learn about the principles of traffic garden design, draft their own layouts, and test their ideas on a model site. They submit their design proposals to our "City Hall", as a means of understanding the civic engagement process. We deploy the the children's ideas to inform the layout of a real traffic garden. Months after the charrette, children are invited to attend a ribbon-cutting for a traffic garden they personally helped design.
Kids are able to better understand and retain new information conveyed to them through interactive learning.
Because traffic gardens are tactile and three-dimensional, co-designing them is an effective means
of developing the spatial skills children need to become their community's future engineers!
Kids who are not interested in pursing a STEAM career benefit from increased
understanding of their built world, making them smarter and safer users of the streets.
Discover Traffic Gardens is for and about people of all ages, abilities, mobilities, and backgrounds. Everyone deserves to have a voice in the creation and design of their community, and access to information that increases the safety and utility of public spaces. We seek especially to engage those who have been historically disenfranchised from their community and to teach the next generation how to have a voice in their built world.
Joy and Expression
Discover Traffic Gardens invites kids to express their thoughts and ideas, and celebrate their creativity. We view the world through the lens of possibility; using recycled materials and found objects to create our design models, and encourage the use of bright colors and unique materials. Kids learn when they're having fun!