The Birmingham Chapter of the American Institute of Architects (AIA) recently held its annual DreamArchitecture contest for grades K-5 in Greater Birmingham and surrounding areas to promote awareness for sustaining our planet while generating interest in architecture and design. The DreamArchitecture participants were asked to submit drawings of their “Green Dream Schools" along with a “Dream Statement” explaining details about the submitted pictures.
On May 7, 2009, the awards ceremony took place at the historic Birmingham Printing and Publishing Company on 19th Street South to honor the winners of the DreamArchitecture 2009 contest. At this event, the vibrant drawings were displayed against the building’s wooden walls, allowing the bright colors of the unique designs to stand out. The drawings conveyed a sense of excitement about the effort to maintain the environment. Proud children pointed out their creations to onlookers, and the winning entries were marked by red, white, and blue ribbons for each grade level. White frosted cupcakes with rainbow sprinkles and an array of fruits were served as refreshments for contestants and their guests, courtesy of Café Iz.
While the first prize for the DreamArchitecture 2009 contest was an AIA hands-on workshop on May 9, 2009, all contestants were deemed successful for taking steps in moving their “green” dreams to reality by participating in the competition. AIA Birmingham’s DreamArchitecture contest can be construed as a great victory for its effort to educate the city’s youth on environmental impacts while also promoting a creative outlet for all involved.
—by Jamie S. Walden,
Birmingham Home & Garden intern
For more information on the DreamArchitecture contest and on the AIA, visit http://www.aiaalabama.com.