In March, researchers and faculty from the School of Architecture, Planning and Preservation and the National Center for Smart Growth traveled to Paris for a three-day exploration of the changes and challenges facing the world’s metropolises. Co-sponsored by the NCSG, the event was the second part of a bilateral international seminar on urban transit issues and development. The group first met last fall in Washington, D.C.
In the miniature world of a five year old, nothing is quite as exciting—and full of possibility—as playing outside. Even in the age of the iPad, communing with the outdoors puts the world at a child’s fingertips like no other experience, fostering exploration, creativity and experimentation. This semester, a group of graduate and undergraduate architecture students are examining the elements of meaningful, outdoor play—and how that influences building—for UMD’s smallest students: the pre-school and kindergarten students at the College of Education’s Center for Young Children (CYC).