This presentation was given at the RAIC 2022 Virtual Conference on Architecture to introduce Architecture Playshop.

Developing critical literacy with young children around climate change, forced migration and the built environment

Education for environmental justice must begin early, as children are disproportionately affected by issues of climate change and forced displacement. However, questions of architecture are often overlooked in children’s education despite the fact that the built environment is an indirect contributor to climate change, and architects can develop visions to mitigate these effects on vulnerable populations. ARCHITECTURE PLAYSHOP is a creative workshop for children and seeks to learn from children while simultaneously building their awareness and planting seeds of future action they might one day implement as adults.


Program Director Dr. Ipek Türeli

Illustrator Matt James

Animation Happy Camper Media

Educational Consultant and Writer Dr. Maija-Liisa Harju

Line Drawings: Zhuofan Chen, Audrey Boutot, Sihem Attari

Graphic Designer Pastille Rose

Research Assistants Audrey Boutot, Sihem Attari, Zhuofan Chen, Christine Aglot, Eymen H. Özkan

Academic Consultants Dr. Diana Allan, Dr. Laxmi Sushama, Dr. Lara Bober

Traduction Anne-Sophie Seidler, Audrey Boutot


ARCHITECTURE PLAYSHOP originated as an invitation to Dr. Türeli to contribute to “Future School,” a program of events, curated by architect Haewon Shin for the Korean Pavilion at the 2020 Venice Biennale. The content was developed through team-based research and collective creative input.

ARCHITECTURE PLAYSHOP is supported in part by funding from the Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council (SSHRC) and the Yan P. Lin Centre, Faculty of Engineering SURE Program, Peter Guo-hua Fu School of Architecture and the CRC in Architectures of Spatial Justice at McGill University.


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