OWN Academy is an education innovation company that focuses on real-world learning by re-engineering the what, where and how we learn. We want to encourage our students to use creativity and innovation to improve the world we live in. The topics we will cover include innovation, creativity and design concepts, urban planning as well as big data and architecture. This camp aims to develop students critical and detail oriented mindset through a focus on exposure, compassion, creativity and innovation. Being involved in our greater environment is key to getting creative and achieving effective learning.
Architecture, Urban Design and Google Earth
Innovative learning is at the core of OWN Academy’s mission. In our Architecture, Urban Design and Google Earth program, we encourage our students to use creativity and innovation to improve the world we live in. The topics we will cover include innovation, creativity, design concepts, urban planning as well as big data and architecture.
This program aims to develop in students a critical and detail-oriented mindset through a focus on exposure, compassion, creativity and innovation. Being involved in our greater environment is key to getting creative and achieving effective learning. Throughout this program, we will travel around Hong Kong to cultivate the idea that we can learn anywhere and everywhere. With a strong focus on real-world learning, an out of classroom experience, and integration with technology, we take a hands-on, experiential and research-based approach to learning.
“Attending OWN Academy’s Architecture and Urban Design week-long program has allowed me to see the amount of creativity that each individual can contribute to the society regardless of age.
I was able to explore the idea of placemaking, which is turning a simple location, for example, a street you may pass by every day, into a place where different people would want to come and relax.
The idea of regeneration, which is re-activating public spaces into environmentally friendly and efficient sites broadened my mind to the many possibilities that architectural design can shape the community we live in.
I learned that with urban planning and designing, many factors have to be considered such as traffic, sunlight, walkability, and wayfinding, all of which requires a lot of research to be done before delving into the actual project of creating designs.
By using modern software technologies that are available such as apps like Google Maps and Google Earth Pro, I was able to find ways of improving my design to accommodate different stakeholders’ desires.
Through this exposure to the art of urban designing using a complex architectural design software called ArchiCAD, it encouraged me to continue pursuing my interest in interior designing as a hobby in my future plans. The challenges I faced in the program allowed me to experience the complexity of working as an architect and designer but at the same time, it also incited my passion in the field of design. What I really like about this program is that it gives me the opportunity to see my design come to life from just mere lines on paper to a realistic three-dimensional artwork.”
– Wing Lau, Student from the University of Hong Kong, Age 19.