Why are architecture and urbanism taught so late, mostly in higher education, somewhat less in secondary? Why are children not sensitized early about this important aspect of human life, and are also left out of the planning process? Are they not using the spaces, buildings, cities? Do they not know how to appreciate quality planned public space? Do not they know how to give the sincere criticism of dubious buildings?
Nurturing this culture among the youngest will establish a better connection between the city and its citizens, will provide care and recognition of the shared architectural heritage and will make citizens ready to understand and change the city to the extent of the human, not business or the state.
There is no reason for children of the youngest age not to be exposed to theories of architecture, different schools and approaches, philosophies and trends. We at Freedom Square decided to take the first step by repeating and establishing the lessons of Skopje’s modernist architectural heritage, now exhibited at the New York MoMA, or the Museum of Modern Art.
At the promotion we will boast a publication in the form of a workbook for children in elementary schools, and we will look at the materials that our partners created during the workshops – the 20 children with whom we implemented this project in April and May 2018.