Parents should “should start thinking about a bulletproof backpack” following latest mass shootings

Children going to school or public places should be given bulletproof backpacks, the CEO of self-defence brand Guard Dog has told Dezeen. Yasir Sheikh said parents should consider buying the products in the wake of the shootings in El Paso and Dayton last week, in which a total of 31 people died. “We don’t necessarily […]

Primary school children create Mega Maker Lab in former London fire station

Architecture educator Matt+Fiona has worked with 100 primary school children to design and built a creative lab for other children. Named the Mega Maker Lab, the 1,100-square-metre former fire-engine-fixing hall in south London has been converted into a space for children to experiment, design, build and invent. The space for making has been created for the […]

Avella Taller de Arquitectura builds two cabins for Venezuelan summer camp

Avella Taller de Arquitectura has reconstructed a recreational summer camp in Venezuela, including solid brick buttresses that draw on a nearby Spanish colonial fortification. Two Cabins in Yaracuy is located in the Massif de Nirgua, a mountainous region not far from the Caribbean coast. The children’s camp originally consisted of cabins built from wattle and […]

Urko Sanchez Architects builds miniature walled city for orphans

Urko Sanchez Architects has designed a concrete compound in Djibouti for the charity SOS Children’s Villages International as a home for vulnerable children. The project, which completed in 2014, has been nominated for the 2019 Aga Khan Award for Architecture Urko Sanchez Architects, who are based in Nairobi and Madrid, referenced the traditional typology of a […]

Kientruc O designs colourful kindergarten in Ho Chi Minh City

TTC Elite Saigon Kindergarten in Ho Chi Minh City by Kientruc O has a playful facade decorated with colourful patterns and irregularly shaped windows. Kientruc O designed the kindergarten to be a full sized playhouse for children with a brightly coloured facade and characterful openings. “It is simply conceived in a pure geometric shape to provoke […]

Microsoft and Kano partner on build-your-own PC for children

Kids can now build their own fully functional Windows 10 PC tablet laptop, using this powerful new kit by creative-tech toy company Kano. Made possible through a partnership with Microsoft, the Kano PC can run standard Windows 10 applications as well as a suite of original educational tools — once its user has assembled the […]

Spot toy by New Deal Design encourages kids to be “in-the-moment”

Gadi Amit’s studio New Deal Design has invented an Artificial intelligence-equipped toy to fight the “distraction economy” by nurturing children’s attention spans. Called Spot, the toy is geared at learning and discovery. It functions primarily as a handheld scanner that kids can point at an object around them — think a flower or a bird […]

Ford makes Self-Braking Trolley that can’t be crashed

Automobile maker Ford has borrowed anti-collision technology from its cars to build a supermarket trolley that children can’t crash. The Self-Braking Trolley is designed to stop automatically before hitting a person, shelf or any other obstacle. The feature could prevent many uncomfortable rogue trolley scenarios, but Ford designed it with children in mind. The US company […]

Lego launches Braille Bricks for blind and partially sighted children

Lego has created a version of its building bricks printed with letters and numbers from the braille alphabet, so blind and partially sighted children can learn to read as they play. Presented this week at the Sustainable Brands Conference in Paris, the Braille Bricks feature the same number of studs used for individual letters, numbers […]

Slender pine slats enclose Evans Tree House in Arkansas by Modus Studio

American firm Modus Studio has used steel and heat-treated pine to build an “alive and mysterious” treehouse in Arkansas. The Evans Tree House is located at Garvan Woodland Gardens, a 210-acre (85-hectare) botanical garden near the town of Hot Springs in central Arkansas. Owned by the University of Arkansas, the nature park occupies a wooded peninsula that is […]

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