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Planning Smart Spaces

Authored by EcoRise and Representaciones e Inteligencia Sustentable

60 minutes
60 minutes, but varies greatly depending upon individual circumstances
Primary subjects: 
Arts, Career and Technical Education (CTE): Architecture & Construction, Civics and Government, Environmental Education
Grade: 
9, 10
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In this lesson, students build upon what they learned in Lesson 1: Fundamentals: Public Spaces by role-playing urban planners who have been called upon to help city leaders update their public spaces. Students work in groups to analyze a particular type of public space (park, town square, civic center, waterfront, museum, public library, etc.). Then they map and redesign a space to be greener, more inviting, and useful for more people and purposes.

Key objectives for students
Review the characteristics of great public spaces.
Analyze the characteristics and usage patterns of an existing public space.
Generate ideas for how to turn an existing public space into a great public space.
Secondary subjects
Art, Mathematics, Reading or Language Arts
Topics
Public spaces, multipurpose spaces, Design
Skills
Collaboration, Communication skills, Creative problem solving, Critical Thinking, Systems thinking
Values
Curiosity, Empathy, Mindfulness, Optimism, Resilience
Methods
Brain-Based Learning, Design Thinking, Multi-Disciplinary, Multiple Intelligences, Project-Based Learning, Real-World Application, Technology Integration
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