Habitare is for the children! Design education as the theme of Habi Kids

Habitare is for the children! Design education as the theme of Habi Kids

Habi Kids is the world’s greatest learning theme park designed by children, with content based on design education methods. Habi Kids provides children with guided prototyping, invention and design workshops, and play laboratories at which children can practise, for example, creative problem-solving. Habitare’s children’s area, Habi Kids, will be open at Messukeskus from 13 to 17 September 2017.

The Habi Kids Design School programme is designed and implemented by SuoMu – the Finnish Association of Design Education, together with Habitare and Helsinki Design Week. The programme includes guided workshops for children of different ages, interviews, and speeches on learning by both adults and children.

Digging deeper into design learning

Design learning, which is based on phenomenon-based learning, educates children to become active participants and developers in future society. Habi Kids will present the methods and purpose of design learning to teaching and education professionals, and anyone interested in design learning.

In the Design Learning Battle panel discussion, design education experts will discuss, for example, the role of design education in the school system. Panellists will include professionals from Aalto University, the Oslo School of Architecture and Design, the Design Museum, Demos Helsinki, and the Arkki School of Architecture for Children and Youth. The researcher Mirja Hämäläinen from Demos Helsinki will discuss the importance of peer learning through case projects. A workshop facilitated by Futurice and SuoMu will develop the MUTKU design learning application using the Lean Service Creation service design model.

Every day, children will interview designers, who will share the stories of their careers and their sources of inspiration.

The design for the Habi Kids space is by SuoMu, as a service design project with children and families with children in Helsinki, Loviisa and Reykjavik, and the space designer Milja Aho.

More information:
Habi Kids, Viivi Lehtonen, +358 40 1909 153, viivi.lehtonen@gmail.com
Habitare, communications manager Johanna Suni, tel. +358 40 515 4216, johanna.suni@messukeskus.com

Habitare, the largest furniture, design and interior decoration event in Finland, will be held at Messukeskus in Helsinki, from 13 to 17 September 2017. Habitare offers experiences and ideas on interior decoration, and on the functioning and look of homes and other spaces. Habitare highlights the ideas and works by a new generation of designers, and sparks discussion. The chairman and representative director of MUJI, Masaaki Kanai, is the International Friend of Habitare in 2017. To be held concurrently with Habitare are the Antiikki antique event, HighEnd Helsinki, and the Showroom and Forma events for professionals. | www.habitare.fi | @HabitareFair | www.facebook.com/habitare | #habitare2017 |

SuoMu – the Finnish Association of Design Education – is a design learning organisation that promotes interest in and recognition of design and design education. | www.muotoilukasvatus.info |

Habi Kids is a satellite event of the Helsinki Design Week children’s weekend. The children’s weekend is one of the major events of Helsinki Design Week. Established in 2005, Helsinki Design Week is the largest design festival in the Nordic countries. Helsinki Design Week runs from 7 to 17 September 2017 | www.helsinkidesignweek.com |