PrintLab Classroom: Design an Urban Installation

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Design and Print an Urban Installation


Students will design and 3D print a 1:100 scale model of a concept for an urban installation.


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In this creative project, students will design and 3D print a 1:100 scale model of a concept for an urban installation. The lesson begins with a presentation, where students learn about an artistic urban installation called 'A Bench for Everyone' by McCloy + Muchemwa Architects. Following the precedent study, students will be challenged to define their own brief for an urban installation concept for their local community. Guided by a student worksheet and tutorial video, they will go on to learn about scaled drawings and design their model in Tinkercad software. Finally, the models are 3D printed and students present their ideas to the rest of the class.

Enrolling in PrintLab Classroom will give you complete access to the teacher training material and lesson documents. This includes content to help you prepare and deliver the lessons along with design tutorials so you become familiar with the process prior to teaching it in the classroom.


Subject Areas

The lesson can be incorporated into the study of maths, art and design, design technology and computing. The material can be adapted for ages 8-15.

Learning Criteria

In this project students will:

-Develop an understanding of urban installations by studying a present day precedent

-Conceptualise how urban installations can develop with the use of new and emerging technologies such as 3D printing

-Define their own brief for an urban installation that will benefit their own community

-Communicate design ideas for an urban installation in 3D modelling software, to the scale 1:100

-Use 3D printing to manufacture a 1:100 scale concept model

-Create a presentation drawing of how their installation interacts with people and place


Equipment List

Each student will require:
1 x laptop/computer with mouse and internet access to use Tinkercad software
1 x pen/pencil
1 x ruler
1 x calculator
1 x A3 paper

The teacher will require:
1 x 3D printer and PLA filament (



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