Exhibition :: BAC Summer Academy 2009

BAC Summer Academy 2009
24 chairs, 78 dwellings, 11 cities, 80 outdoor rooms
August 1 - August 14
McCormick Gallery, 320 Newbury St.

For twenty days in July, eighty Boston area high school students actively occupy BAC studios exploring design fundamentals. As they create prototype chairs, dwellings, and urban public spaces, the students experiment with free-hand sketching, collage, model-making, mapping, diagramming, and computer-rendering. Most importantly, students consider how design might improve communities. Evidence of their inventive thinking is on display in the gallery.

Through studio projects, field trips, office visits, discussions, and presentations, BAC Summer Academy introduces students to the process of design. Students explore creative ways of making and shaping ideas. Over the four-week program, they tackle a series of projects at different scales - from furniture to rooms to buildings to urban landscapes - transforming sheets of corrugated cardboard and other recycled materials into refreshing new ways to imagine space. Students investigate the disciplines of architecture, landscape architecture, interior architecture and urban design, and they become more astute observers of their own neighborhoods and cities.

This exhibition is free and open to the public.