Happy Halloween, everyone! KIDmob recently wrapped up an inspiring workshop with the Girl's Middle School. We had an incredible week working with the girls to develop design proposals for an on-site, indoor "Elevated Structure." The project brief was determined by GMS faculty liaisons in response to a campus desire for a creative concept push for an existing corridor lounge space. With 13' ceilings and a more than adequate spatial footprint, the idea of an indoor treehouse was brought up = AWESOME. Currently, the site is already being used for a variety of activities: group Minecraft sessions, solo book immersion, homework, practicing theater lines to impromptu audiences....Needless to say, the space's user base was already pretty solid. We spent the week going through our design methodology with the students - starting with some hands-on model making (building skills), looking at precedents and other forms of inspiration, speaking with "clients" in order to develop a thorough understanding of stakeholder needs, analyzing the site, (defining the challenge / communication / critical observation), brainstorming, sketching, writing, modeling, discussing (communication / developing ideas), finalizing materials for project proposals (implementing ideas), presenting final projects to "clients" and listening to their feedback (communication / evaluating ideas), and of course, working through a few spontaneous "wild card" moments. Next steps, figure out logistics for phase two so that those incredible ideas can get put into wood, metal, and....beaded curtains? Stay tuned!