Our NGO gives theoretical and practical lectures about built environment education for pedagogues and other professionals – architects, social workers, museum pedagogues – interested in the topic. Despite many Hungarian institutions and organizations work actively in this field, we recognized the absence of network among those experts and the lack of insight about each other’s work during these events. Also international approaches, foreign organizations and development directions – that inspired us when we had established our NGO – were unknown by the participants.
The serial “Children-city-architecture” was born to fill this gap in the knowledge of Hungarian educators and professionals. The serial introduces national and international examples of built environment education, and introduce the work of foreign organizations, institutions and private persons. The book focuses not only on the practical but also on theoretical and methodical background of the researches. These examples should serve as an inspiration source for the Hungarian professionals and organizations and help them in their everyday work.
The first volume of the series, the “Children’s perspective – city planning and architecture for children and with children” is the very first introductory publication in this topic translated to Hungarian. The second book the “Built environment education” gives more detail about the historical development of the Hungarian education system and points out the possibilities and examples to use informal educational tools in traditional school curriculum.
The educational projects introduced in the books could be important examples for teachers, educators, and museum pedagogues, while the participatory projects offer creative ideas for architects, urban planners, youth workers, and decision makers. The methodical tool sets described in the books could be implemented by anyone interested in working with children and youth e.g. people coming from recreational, educational or designer background.