Welcome to Slot Shelters & the Seeking Shelter Design Challenge

The Seeking Shelter Design Challenge is a design thinking exploration inviting youth to creatively re-imagine bus stop shelters to serve broader community and environmental needs.

Students engaged in Slot Shelters and the Seeking Shelter Design Challenge explore community identity and local bus stop shelter needs through the creation of physical and virtual models. Students from schools, both inside and outside the United States, design slotted building cards using hand drawn patterns and digital patterns reflecting on local environments. Students collaboratively build physical brainstorming models of bus shelters using these cards. Then, with an expanded understanding of design prototyping and visual vocabularies, students collaboratively create and refine their bus shelters in SketchUp. Students’ prototype designs and reflections will be cataloged here on this website. The Seeking Shelter Design Challenge launches with an art installation on September 14th at the 2012 ZERO1 Biennial and invites students to submit phases of their design exploration to contests which will be conducted in November and in December 2012.

The final outcome will be 3D bus shelters in a shared SketchUp warehouse collection and an ISSUU Slot Card building Kit of student generated cards and design structure ideas. A large installation of a conceptual bus shelter showcased at the 2012 ZERO1 Biennial will bring people together in playful experimentation as they re-imagine bus stop shelters to serve broader community and environmental needs. Locally in San Jose, the Seeking Shelter project aims to instill a vision of aesthetic possibilities and anchor Silicon Valley with a sense of place.

Seeking Shelter utilizes a variety of free digital tools including:  Repper, SketchUp, SoundCloud and VoiceThread.

This project expansion into the 2012-2013 academic year is made possible through funding from the ZERO1 Art & Technology Network and Target.  The ZERO1 Biennial digital workshops are made possible with a rental donation of HP Elite Book Tablets by the Krause Center for Innovation. Makedo is generously sponsoring prizes for the cardboard prototype design challenge.

Assessment tools and rubrics for the lesson will be posted on the Resource page as well as on the individual workshop pages.

 

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