Pop-up building station

BUILD is an installation of interactive building stations with playful materials and challenges that expose people of all ages to diverse works of architecture, design, engineering and construction. Elements include:

  • custom-designed, pop-up infrastructure for building together;
  • Lego, Imagination Playground blocks, MagnaTiles, and more;
  • self-guided activities contributed by architects, engineers, educators;
  • books on architecture and engineering;
  • staff and volunteers to facilitate.

BUILD is traveling across New York City with a special focus on underserved neighborhoods where art and education resources can be scarce. Your donation can help us share these great materials in all neighborhoods of New York City.

Children playing with blocks on the table on the street.
Children playing with magnatiles on the street of NYC, on a triangular wooden table and plastic benches.
One big table on the street, with children playing with magnetiles and blocks.
Children playing with lego blocks and Magnatiles on the street.
A view of teenagers playing with colorful lego blocks on the street.
People building with legos on a table in Times Square, NYC.

BUILD Supporters:

BUILD is supported, in part, by public funds from the New York City Department of Cultural Affairs in partnership with the City Council.

The Laura B. Vogler

Start-up funding for program development generously provided by The Laura B. Vogler Foundation.

BUILD In-Kind Supporters:

Blog posts about BUILD:

Making a place for learning at NYCHA public housing

Making a place for learning at NYCHA public housing

Many NYC kids who live in low-income neighborhoods report that there is little to do over the summer, especially when camps and cultural institutions are out of reach. To help fix that, for six weeks this summer, we created a safe place to hang out and learn next to...

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Building together at a Brooklyn indoor block party

Building together at a Brooklyn indoor block party

New York could use some more places for families to gather in the winter. Thanks to Brooklyn Bridge Parents for stepping in and creating an indoor Block Party at Citypoint this weekend! We brought our BUILD program inside for the day, and we're looking forward to...

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