How Places Work

Ongoing until March 2008

"The way to understand architecture and public space is to experience them." Commission for Architecture and the Built Environment


How Places Work is a CABE initiative in partnership with the Architecture Centre Network. It is a programme of educational visits to buildings and public spaces for school children. The two-year programme involves students and teachers in secondary schools and is aimed at key stage 3 (years 7-9). Shape East has already taken over 400 young people on inspirational tours and currently has schools booked up until March 08 with places for over 350 more young people.

"If we can inform and inspire a new generation of young people about the impact that buildings and spaces have on their lives, they will play their part in shaping the future environment that they will live in." John Sorrell CBE, Chair, CABE

The How Places work project reflects our belief that design should be approached through an understanding of the need for both functional and aesthetic qualities in design. Architecture is not part of the current curriculum so this concept has been a new experience for many students. A group of enthusiastic 'inspirers', experts who know and understand the built environment, work with the young people helping to make their visit to an inspirational building a unique and memorable occasion. The visits are designed to be very active events, where young people have the opportunity to explore, ask questions and gain some understanding from experts as to why they feel so passionate about good quality design
How Places Work visits included Cambridge University Sidgwick Site, Fitzwilliam College Chapel and Great Yarmouth Power Station.