The Society for Building Culture for Young People (Initiative Baukulturvermittlung) – a group of initiatives and projects from throughout Austria - developed the website www.baukulturvermittlung.at to make building culture accessible to a broad range of people. On the site, documentations and evaluations of finished projects, ideas and classroom learning materials are available, as well as a calendar of building culture events. It also provides a discussion forum for exchanging experiences with other initiatives in Austria and elsewhere and publishes theoretical articles and commentaries as well as relevant literature and links. The site has been online since late 2010 and is continually being updated and expanded.
This type of nationwide network of regional institutions is unique in the field of built environment education.
• Adults promoting building culture awareness (teachers, parents, youth workers, kindergarten teachers, architects, building culture educators, leisure educators, etc.)
• interested youths
Motivation and objectives of building culture education for young people
We all live, work and move within designed environments. Feeling comfortable and confident within these spaces is crucial for identity formation and maturity. Experiencing space is one of the most fundamental events of human existence. Practice shows that children and young people are very interested in their surroundings, perceiving it with a high level of awareness. The recognition of architecture is a learned skill, a skill that stimulates spatial comprehension and the understanding of design potential and the built environment. Architecture and built environment education improves visual, linguistic and decision-making skills and empowers a responsible participation in built environments.
Building culture is anchored in the curricula of several different subjects. Nevertheless, it is only a part of school curriculum if the teachers themselves are interested in building culture and turn to built environment education institutions for learning materials and experience. The aim of the website www.baukulturvermittlung.at is to lower access thresholds by making information and materials easily available.
The website has been online since late 2010 and is currently establishing its presence in Austria with a series of postcards. At this time, it is still too early to report any experiences. The initial feedback was very positive. In the future, an even higher level of involvement by educators and young people is planned to ensure