Towering Ambition

The National Building Museum in Washington D.C. is hosting a fascinating exhibition. It is called “Towering Ambition” and in it you can see as number of world famous buildings that have been constructed by Adam Reed Tucker. He is a trained architect who rekindled his childhood interest in LEGO® bricks and began experimenting with LEGO as a medium for his art in 2003. The result of his vision was 15 buildings from around the world made entirely from LEGO bricks—it is the centrepiece of the exhibition “LEGO® Architecture: Towering Ambition.”

There is an excellent introduction to the exhibition in the NBM’s own website, see: http://www.nbm.org/exhibitions-collections/exhibitions/lego-architecture.html

The above picture gives you an idea about the scale and ambition that Adam showed in having the patience and skill in constructing these models. He is one of eleven certified LEGO Professionals in the world.

What I liked about this though was the video that can be seen on the site. It showed where the NBM had used the wonderful models to encourage creativity and construction in adults and children alike. There is so much to be said for the joy that a child gets in constructing their own model of a building. In understanding how a building works (or doesn’t!) in understanding ideas of angle, shape and the forces that impact on a building.

Long ago when I first became acquainted with the work of Seymour Papert at M.I.T. I noticed the tie-up that he created with LEGO as a means of allowing children to learn by construction. This is a great example of how powerful this can be. If you do get the chance to get to the Museum then it sounds like a really brilliant experience for anyone. Unfortunately I can only sit and admire this from afar.. maybe they might bring the exhibition to London!

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