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What is Ludantia…?

The 1st International Biennial of Education in Architecture for Children and Young People is an event which seeks to gather experiences related to this topic from around the world. The Prisma – The Multicultural Newspaper is one the sponsors of the event.


It is also a platform from which education and research projects – which are concerned with the use of (domestic, urban, communal and natural) spaces and those in which the child or young person is the protagonist – can be shared, broadcast, experienced and debated.

The biennial celebration is one of the projects that emerged from the 3rd Education in Architecture International Meeting. This meeting was organised by the Playgrounds Group (currently the Ludantia Architecture and Education Association), and was held in the Reina Sofia museum in Madrid on 16 and 17 January, 2016.

One of the aims of the people dedicated to education in architecture is to include the child/young person in debates about the city and to act as intermediaries who ensure that their opinion is heard, with the firm belief that this will lead to a better environment. With this in mind, the theme chosen for this first biennial event is that of public spaces under the heading: “Living with fun in mind: a games board from the school playground to the city”.

The Biennial seeks to be an opportunity for individuals to exchange experiences on education in architecture and to deeper understanding of methodology and research in the field. It is also a way of showing the enormous potential children and young people have as regards transforming our cities. And the best tool for doing this is educational projects.

It is an event which is open to schools, architects, professionals involved in education, artists, central and local government organisations, not-for-profit organisations and individuals and groups throughout the world interested in education through the medium of construction.

Whilst there have been other educational projects presented in architecture or art biennials, Ludantia makes education the end in itself with architectural and artistic processes the medium for achieving this.

The first Biennial event – the brainchild of Jorge Raedó – will be held in Pontevedra, from 10 May to 17 June, 2018.

The conference will take place from 10-12 May in the Pazo da Cultura of Pontevedra from 9.30 am to 2 pm in the morning and from 4 pm to 8 pm in the afternoon.

Call for papers

Within the framework of the 1st International Biennial of Education in Architecture for Children and Young People, a space is opened to present and publish research works related to the themes of the event.

Three to nine papers selected papers are presented at the biennial, from Thursday 10 May to Saturday 12 May, 2018. These papers are also published in the Biennial book and, where appropriate, are exhibited in panels during the event.

In addition, thirty selected proposals are to be published on the Ludantia webpage. [The scientific committee may modify this number in view of the number of proposals received].

The authors of the selected papers (at least one if they are several) must register for the Biennial so that they can be published.

The papers can tackle three thematic lines:

  1. Educational experiences related to public space. Methods, objectives, description and results.
  2. Children’s participation in the city and public buildings. It seeks to collect participatory processes that incorporate children: methods, development, timing and guidelines. Schools can be considered as part of these proposals.
  3. Children’s play in urban environments. The objective is to deepen on children’s opportunities for play and autonomy in cities: reflections, challenges and proposals. Outstanding role are actions related to mobility.



31 January, 2018: deadline for receipt of communications proposals (maximum 2,100 characters and 3 images 72 dpi).

21 February, 2018: selection of proposals by the Committee of experts

26 February, 2018: notification to the authors of the selected communications.

6 April, 2018: Deadline for delivery of final texts of accepted communications (max 7 pages, 14,700 characters including spaces, max 10 images 300 dpi)

10-12 May, 2018: face-to-face seminars at the Bienal

Venue of the Bienal:  Pazo da Cultura de Pontevedra. Rúa de Alexandre Bóveda, s/n, 36005 Pontevedra.


The Biennial has four exhibitions that can be visited at the Pazo da Cultura of Pontevedra from 10 May to 17 June, 2018.

Educational projects

A selection by the Committee of experts of the educational projects.


Interactive exhibition made by game devices related to architecture. Designed by Maushaus (Carlos Arruti and Anabel Varona).


Place: Pazo da Cultura de Pontevedra

Dates: 10 May  – 17 June, 2018

​With this active exhibition, we aim to generate a great gaming device “from the architecture” and in line with the biennial’s theme: relational spaces generated through the game. The girls and boys playing are the exhibition itself. The game builds this space, and the space propitiates and incorporates multiple game variants generating autonomy, freedom and relational spaces between girls and boys.

Actions and lines of work of the expo-activa

Different play spaces are created, within a single landscape, considering a unitary space, where different actions overlap and cohabit.

Projects in Colombia

Colombia is the guest country for this Biennial. An exhibition shows several Colombian projects on education, architecture and childhood. Other activities related to Colombia include, lectures, workshops for kids, etc. (LO PASO A PRESENTE PARA QUE NO

Projects in Colombia

Colombia discovers ways to establish new links between architecture, play and pedagogy with a focus on childhood.

In these experiences, you can find opportunities where children enjoy pedagogical, material, and didactic innovations that modify relational questions by space, colour, and interaction with place, memory, and culture.

Architecture becomes a protagonist in the construction of learning environments that include the processes of game configuration as an opportunity to enhance aesthetic, artistic and identity thinking in children.

Ludantia hosts a country where children are thought in terms of peace. They are the architects, the designers, the artists and the public policy agents, supporting new places that listen to children’s voices and have the courage to recognise places of meaning in the cities that host their hospitals, schools and playgrounds as an opportunity to understand the habitus of childhood in full.

Curator: Jorge Raedó with the collaboration of Olga Lucía Olaya Parra

Design: Lopoldo Rother Museum of Architecture; Memet Charum (Director); Ricardo Navas (Graphic Designer)

Golden Cubes

An exhibition of the projects awarded by the International Union of Architects in its childhood section.

Educational projects

The 1st International Biennial on Architecture Education for Children and Young People has gathered around 80 participating projects from 18 countries: Argentina, Brazil, Bulgaria, Chile, Colombia, Costa Rica, Ecuador, Spain, France, Guatemala, Mexico, Peru, Portugal, Czech Republic, Dominican Republic, Romania, Sweden and Venezuela.

All the projects will be on the website.

Educational Projects 

Educational projects represent the practical part of education in architecture. The aim of these projects, applied to the theme of the Biennial, is:

  1. to critically reflect upon public spaces (school, urban and rural). The best way to reflect is by doing something. To do is to transform the world we live in.
  2. to transform these spaces. It is proposed that artistic ‘languages’ (architecture, painting, sculpture, literature, cinema, theatre, dance…) are used as “tools which transform” in such a way so that:
  • physhical transformation of the space is achieved. The children create an architectural project or produce a temporary or permanent design (for example, enhance the school yard, produce a temporary design for a communal square, create a garden plot, etc.)
  • symbolic transformation of the space is achieved. They strengthen the mental concept of “public space” (for example, they create a play, a film, a story, etc.).

The children/young people are the instigators of the work and projects exclusively.

However, artists and teachers can help the children express themselves using the techniques of the art form in question.

Individuals/organisations/groups who may be working on this subject or who may wish to participate by submitting a project in line with the following conditions, are invited to take part.

The deadline ended on 15 November, 2017, having submitted almost 90 proposals. Check the registration form.


(2-5 sessions). From 5-10 hours

  • These focus on a specific space and on a specific aspect of it with both aim and artistic activity clearly defined.

The children and young people achieve this with the help of artists/architects in collaboration (preferably) with teachers/educators.

The artists/architects may be the only intermediaries in the project.

Workshops in school hours

(whether nursery/school/secondary school) during school hours. From 20-40 hours.

  • Teacher + resident artist/architect: the projects are developed with the artist/architect participating actively with the teacher/educational community in an “improvement project.” Both teachers and artists work together as the intermediaries.
  • Teacher + artist adviser: projects where the teacher is the intermediary, previously advised by specialists in the artistic discipline. These specialists may create certain educational materials.
  • Teacher: projects in which outside experts in art and architecture are not involved. The teachers devise, prepare, execute and document the entire process.

Workshops after school hours 

Projects which do not take place during school hours, whether on school premises or premises unrelated to any school. From 20-40 hours.

  • Art education organisation + school: an outside organisation together with participants from school (for example, a group of parents from a school) devise and implement the project with the young people. The art expertts from the organisation are the intermediaries, with possible parental possible collaborations. Other organisations from the community could also join the project.
  • Art education organisation + community organisation: the organisation of experts in art and architecture education for children are joined by organisations from the community to devise and implement the project with the young people.
  • Art education organisation: the organisation of experts in art and architecture education for children devises and implements the project with the young people. They are the only intermediaries in the project.


From 20-40 hours.

Projects of this kind are identified which apply the same pedagogical sequence to several cases over time. They can be linked to educational centres (for example, transforming the school playground with the same methodology in different schools) or they can be used in spaces with similar characteristics (for example, using the same methodology to change an urban site).

If they are related to schools, it can be done by a teacher + resident  artist/architect, by a teacher + artist/architect adviser or exclusively by a teacher who should apply the proposed methodology. These requests are equivalent to those presented in modality 2, but the educational process must be done in several schools at the same time.

If they are linked to projects out of school time it could be done by: an art education organisation + school, by an art education organisation + community organisation or by an art education organisation as far as the proposed methodology is applied in the educational process. These requests are equivalent to those exposed in modality 3 but the intervention must take place in several spaces.


Those that do not apply the characteristics of any of the other modalities.


A series of lectures at the Faculty of Belas Artes of Pontevedra have been held to show experiences that could serve as a guide and reflection on the Biennial’s theme of childhood and public space.

These have been aimed at teachers, architects, artists and any other group interested in the topic. They were grouped according to different thematic lines.

More information here.  –  Photo courtesy Ludantia.

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