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Food for Thought: Designing Architecture with Food in Mind (Ages 10-15)

July 27 @ 9:00 am - July 31 @ 3:00 pm
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All Taliesin Summer Camps integrate a range of hands-on activities such as harvesting and preparing meals or snacks, exploring current agricultural practices happening in the fields of the Taliesin estate, playing games, and designing, and building their own architectural model. 

During the week students will be empowered and guided to reimagine current food systems in a design challenge, that will result in their own architectural creation. The camp week concludes with a showcase in which students present their final creation to friends and family. This presentation is focused as much on process as it is on the final project, we encourage students to discuss how their design evolved over the week, and observers to ask questions. 

Instructors will lead campers on a journey throughout the week that will include exploring the 800 acre Taliesin estate, engaging in conversations about where our food comes from and how it arrives on our plates, and even getting their hands dirty in our vegetable garden. Simultaneously, students will be developing, designing, and building their own architectural model.


  • Instruction provided by professional Architecture Educators. 
  • Exceptional access to the 800 acre Taliesin estate
  • Guest instruction may be provided by Food Artisan Immersion Program Apprentices, Department of Natural Resources staff, working architects, and local food producers. 
  • Lunch included and provided by the Riverview Terrace Cafe at Taliesin 
  • Hands on activities and projects
  • Opportunity to design and build a model of your own creation
  • Final exhibition to share the weeks’ experiences with family and friends. 


NEW for 2020, camp and exhibition will be held at the Hillside School on the Taliesin estate.
All camps are day camps, Monday-Friday, 9 am-4 pm.


More detailed description and instructor bio to come.


Shuttle service from the west side of Madison is available on a first-come-first-served basis for a small additional fee. To sign up for shuttle service, please fill the transportation form and return it to Abby Howell-Dinger, Program Coordinator, at ahowelldinger@taliesinpreservation.org


Scholarships are available, apply here.


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July 27 @ 9:00 am
July 31 @ 3:00 pm
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