Learning By Doing

Learning By Doing

May 15–August 23, 2009

In conjunction with Frank Lloyd Wright: From Within Outward, the Sackler Center for Arts Education presented Learning By Doing, an exhibition featuring a selection of models, drawings, and photographs of shelters designed, built, and lived in over the past seven decades by students of Taliesin, the Frank Lloyd Wright School of Architecture in Arizona and Wisconsin. The process of designing and building a shelter, either by modifying an existing structure or by creating an entirely new one, presented an opportunity for students to experience firsthand many of the issues involved in design, construction, and community responsibility. Learning By Doing inspired awareness of the architecture surrounding visitors in their daily lives, and illustrated how learning about space, materials, and details contributes significantly to the appreciation of our everyday environment.

As an extension of this exhibition, the Guggenheim and Google SketchUp launched Design It: Shelter Competition, inviting amateur and professional designers to model their own 3-D virtual shelters, located anywhere in the world. Visit the competition website.


Image of Desert Perch designed by Victor Sidy, 1999. Learning By Doing, May 15 – August 23, 2009.

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