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Students K-12 build models of Cincinnati’s Urban Edge
Stop by this week at the Public Library of Cincinnati and Hamilton County – Main Library to view models K-12 students built of Cincinnati’s urban edge. Students used their creative, architectural vision to develop these models for the Ft. Washington Way decks.

What are the Ft. Washington Way decks?
Filling a void and connecting Cincinnati’s urban edge:
Ft. Washington Way is currently a high-speed canyon containing interstates I-71 and I-75, and State Route 50. This one-city-block deep by four-city-blocks wide expanse of sunken highway creates an uninhabitable gulf between the city core and the sports, entertainment, park and residential areas developing along Cincinnati’s riverfront.

The Design Problem:
Students were challenged to design the activities and architectural and site features of the four decks over Ft. Washington Way between Elm and Main streets. Through the design process, they explored city streetscapes, urban living challenges and opportunities, and how cities grow over time to support the lives of their inhabitants.

Students learn and incorporate sustainability concepts into their design process. They are encouraged to build models out of donated, recycled and found materials.

Learn more about the Ft. Washington Way decks and how to give input on what you’d like these covers over the highway to look.

Student Work Exhibition: April 26–May 2
Select Architecture By Children (ABC) projects submitted from each participating class will be on display at the Public Library of Cincinnati and Hamilton County – Main Library from April 26–May 2. Local designers and community leaders will serve as the jury to select award-winning projects in several categories.

Awards Ceremony: Saturday, May 3
Winners and all participants will be celebrated and awards distributed at the ABC Awards Ceremony on Saturday, May 3. Final look at the Exhibition will occur from 9 am – 12 pm and the Awards ceremony will take place from 12 – 1 pm. In addition to the annual design project, ABC will provide hands-on activities offering architectural and creative exploration.

Parkey Design has worked with AIA Cincinnati and the Architectural Foundation of Cincinnati for several years on multiple marketing pieces for ABC.

About Architecture By Children
ABC is a free design education program where children in grades K-12 are introduced to the field of architecture. Since 1996, AIA Cincinnati and the Architectural Foundation of Cincinnati have provided ABC to approximately 1,300 children annually throughout our community. The program provides teachers a framework around which they can weave multiple subjects around the common goal of solving a design problem, such as the design of a home, school, bridge or city block.

Learn more about Architecture By Children.

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