World Forum Foundation
International Working Forum of the
Global Collaborative OnDesign for Children
June 27-29, 2012 • Berkeley, California (USA)
The World Forum Foundation Global Collaborative OnDesign for Children held its first International Working Forum that will challenge views on model building design for children, presenting state of the art building reviews from around the world, providing opportunities for deep discussion of approaches to incorporate the latest design features into children’s buildings and spaces, and establishing an international network under the Global Collaborative OnDesign for Children that will offer a dynamic interface between architects, landscape designers, early childhood educators, real estate developers, local and national governments, and the greater public on issues related to design of optimal buildings for children.
Program for OnDesign 2012
The OnDesign Conference Program lineup included a tremendous quality and diversity of presentations, tours, and hands-on design workshops. Sessions featured projects, presenters and panelists from around the world including:
Brazil • Haiti • Italy • Kenya • Malaysia • New Zealand • UK • USA
and a range of topics including:
sensory rich children’s environments • creative project funding • green design • strategies for projects with limited budgets • inclusive design • a wide range of children’s environments both indoors and outdoors
In addition to the optional tours already announced, participants toured the Harold E. Jones Child Study Center at the University of California Berkeley and a recently completed Reggio influenced Italian Language Immersion preschool in San Francisco. Hands-on workshops offered design themes ranging from furniture design, to outdoor playscapes, children’s museum exhibits and global development, not to mention International Mud Day
Above all, the conference offered unparalleled opportunities for sharing best practices, learning from fellow professionals and global networking.
Tuesday, June 26 –
Morning – Early Registration for Tour or Service Project Participants
9 am-3 pm – Optional Children’s Centers & Museum Tour
10 am-3 pm – Optional Legacy Service Project – Help renovate a play space at a shelter for families without homes. Cost of transportation, lunch and materials covered by Bright Horizons Foundation.
Afternoon – Early Registration
5:30-7:00 pm – Welcome Reception at ICRI Offices in Berkeley, no charge
Wednesday, June 27 –
Morning – Coffee and Registration, Site Visits, Small Group Kick-off
Lunch – Welcome Presentation and Luncheon
Afternoon – Choice of Lively Sessions and Site Tours
Evening- Poster Sessions with Wine and Cheese, Presentation, Dinner and Music
Thursday, June 28 –
Morning – Breakfast with Ken Jaffe and Bonnie Neugebauer, Working Group Planning, Choice of Lively Sessions and Site Tours,
Lunch – on your own
Afternoon – Hands-on Design Charrettes
Evening- Architects for Humanity Presentation, Dinner and Music
Friday, June 29 –
Morning – Breakfast (on your own), Choice of Lively Sessions and Site Tours
Lunch – Closing Presentation and Luncheon
2 pm – International Mud Day Celebration no cost
3-9 pm – Optional Afternoon & Evening Tour: Hidden Gems of San Francisco
Saturday, June 30th
7 am-10 pm – Optional All Day Tour to Columbia College Child Development Center in Sonora and then to Yosemite National Park. Travel by van.
The Clark Kerr Campus at the University of California at Berkeley is a beautiful, self-contained mini university with lovely grounds, great food and world-class facilities, including lodging. Across the bay from San Francisco, Berkeley is known for its ethnically diverse community, culinary attractions, and amazing building design and scenery.
Sponsors and Organizers
The new Global Collaborative OnDesign for Children has an International Organizing Committee as well as a Local Working Forum Committee. The International Child Resource Institute (ICRI) headquartered in Berkeley, CA, acts as the ongoing secretariat of OnDesign.
Organizing Sponsors include Exchange Magazine, ICRI, PR&P: Childplay, StudioMLA Architects, and the World Forum Foundation, with significant support from the Bright Horizons Foundation and Community Playthings.