3H Summer School | Design for Play
A three-week program to design and build outdoor play spaces. The 3H Summer School program is an initiative that uses Auroville and its outstanding experience in sustainable living and cultural diversity as a platform for learning and personal growth. The 3H Summer School program designed for students from around the world serves as an experimental and cross-disciplinary design laboratory that connects core human values, design theory, ideation and hands-on application around the selected lead theme ‘Outdoor Play and Placemaking’. Students will engage in the design and implementation of a playground in order to enhance the learning of children through play. BENEFITS Learning transformative leadership principles Experiencing cross cultural learning Experiencing a project lifecycle Gaining design experience with locally available resources Hands-on site experience Learning to design projects, transform existing systems and build for sustainable change and human well-being TOPICS The theme for the program is Outdoor Play and Placemaking. Play is essential to the healthy development of children– not just their physical development, but their social and cognitive development too. Play is important to healthy brain development. It is through play that children at a very early age engage and interact in the world around them. Play is integral to the academic environment as it ensures that the school setting attends to the social and emotional development of children as well as their cognitive development. Creating spaces where children can play freely and which offer them experiences, they might remember for the rest of their lives, requires careful thought and imaginative design. Besides designing and building a play area, students will get exposure to the following subjects: transformative leadership principles, system thinking, climate responsive design, vernacular architecture, earth as a building material, biological waste water treatment, sustainable water management, ecological landscaping, renewable energy systems and energy efficiency, ecological sanitation, urban agriculture, organic farming, social entrepreneurship, sustainable waste management, alternative education, project planning and management. APPROACH The program is designed and based on the 3H (hands, head and heart) approach, which attempts to actualize participants’ inner strength, to activate critical system thinking and to work on students’ technical capacities of designing and implementing projects. Besides working on the design, implementation and documentation, each participating student will design and write a project of his/her choice, which aims at bringing environmental and social justice and wellbeing. The aim is to train a new generation of environmental and socially responsible leaders that are capable of connecting hands (capacity), head (system thinking) and heart (personal strength) while working on system change for a more socially and environmentally just future. WHO WILL ATTEND THE WORKSHOP Students and young professionals that have a strong commitment to social equity and sustainability. Participants may come from the following backgrounds: architecture, interior design, product design, engineering and related fields. The event is planned for a limited capacity of about 25 people. All participants must commit to participating in all the program components. No prior knowledge of sustainable building design is required. Come with an open mind and lots of enthusiasm!