04. – 22. November 2019
Exhi­bi­tion of Built Envi­ron­ment Educa­tion for Children and Youth
© Ludantia


Built envi­ron­ment educa­tion (BEE) for children and youth is an inter­di­sci­pli­nary field, incor­po­ra­ting archi­tec­ture, urban plan­ning and design, arts, envi­ron­mental educa­tion, educa­tional studies and pedagogy. BEE utilizes the built envi­ron­ment (BE) – sett­le­ments, buil­dings and land­marks – as a subject, a context for lear­ning and a curri­cular resource. There are various actors all over the world working in the field of BEE. Their back­grounds range from educa­tion offi­cers in museums, dedi­cated archi­tec­ture centres and the wider cultural/​third sector, through design and plan­ning prac­ti­tio­ners to teachers in schools and kinder­gar­tens.




This Ludantia exhi­bi­tion, hosted at Tech­nical Univer­sity Berlin, aims to bring toge­ther people working in dispa­rate areas of the BEE field and thus further estab­lish BEE as a unique field of educa­tion, rese­arch and prac­tice inter­na­tio­nally.

A selec­tion of 33 projects exhi­bited here at the TU Berlin is part of the Ludantia touring exhi­bi­tion presen­ting various educa­tion projects like quick actions, projects executed during and outside of the school hours, as well as various BEE metho­do­lo­gies, from 18 coun­tries.

The projects suggest that the best way to reflect on the built envi­ron­ment is through doing and hands-on activi­ties, as this is the way to trans­form the world, we live in. The exhi­bited educa­tional projects repre­sent trans­for­ma­tion of spaces through the use of artistic language of archi­tec­ture, pain­ting, sculp­ture, lite­ra­ture, cinema, theatre, dance and many others. In all of the presented projects children and youth were insti­ga­tors of the work and the projects exclu­si­vely. Show­cased BEE projects criti­cally reflect upon public, urban, school and natural spaces from an educa­tion perspec­tive, compi­ling space impro­ve­ment propo­sals as an evidence of trans­for­ma­tive vison of the children and young people that took part in them.

The exhi­bi­tion is invited through a rese­arch project titled Built Envi­ron­ment Educa­tion for Children: Inter­na­tional Policy and Prac­tice hosted at Chair for Urban Design and Urban Deve­lop­ment, Insti­tute of Urban and Reginal Plan­ning at TU Berlin. The project is carried out by Prof. Dr. Rosie Parnell (Northum­bria Univer­sity, UK), Prof. Dr. Angela Million (TU Berlin, Germany) and Asst. Prof. Dr. Marta Brković Dodig (Union Nikola Tesla Univer­sity, Serbia) and financed through Alex­ander von Humboldt Post­doc­toral Fellow­ship program.

Toge­ther with all the accom­panying events this Ludantia exhi­bi­tion pres­ents the efforts of the rese­arch team to provide a plat­form for a vivid inter­na­tional debate about the condi­tions needed for crea­ting and sustai­ning BEE programs, gaps in the know­ledge and under­stan­ding, and the future of BEE regar­ding main lines of deve­lop­ment, deli­very formats, important driver insti­tu­tion as well as the future rese­arch and policy deve­lop­ment.


Public Program


Exhi­bi­tion opening and lectures:

04.11. @17:00h:

„Ludantia“ by Jorge Raedo
„EMPOWERED: Pedagogy and processes enab­ling young people to shape our cities“ by Fiona MacDo­nald & Matthew Sprin­gett


Books Launch and Presen­ta­tion:

07.11. @18:00h:

Bildungs­orte und Lern­welten der Baukultur

14.11. @18:00h:

Hand­buch der Baukul­tu­rellen Bildung – Jugend Archi­tektur Stadt



Prof. Dr. Angela Million
Marta Brkovic Dodig
Ignacio Castillo Ulloa
Peer Frantzen
Zuzana Tabač­ková