We are delighted to welcome Hyannis-based architect Mary-Ann Agresti to this year’s Maker Faire.  Mary-Ann will be exhibiting an 18-foot wide dome made of cardboard segments, which is compact enough that it can fold to fit in your car, but large enough to accommodate 15 people.

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Mary-Ann and her colleague Jan Ham are launching a program to enable children to participate in real-world design projects for their local community.  They have received a grant from the Boston Society of Architects to create “Community Studios:  K-12 Design Education for the Cape and Islands.” This STEAM-based program will consist of a series of hands-on, site-specific workshops in which children will use the design process to explore local architecture and landscapes, sketch, draw and build as they develop design ideas for real-world community projects (e.g. parks, playgrounds, community centers), solve design challenges and share their ideas with the community.  They’ll do this while working alongside architects and building professionals and meeting with planners and community leaders.

What a terrific way to give young people a voice in their local community, and this really embodies the spirit of the Maker Faire.  Please stop by Mary-Ann’s table at the Maker Faire with any questions that you might have about architecture and sustainable design.




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