imageAfter watching our kids throw blankets over large play blocks and calling it a castle, or closing themselves up in cardboard boxes as their secrete hide-outs, we have followed their lead and made Vitruvius our muse for the upcoming month. Marcus Vitruvius Pollio was a Roman author and civil engineer, responsible for defining Architecture as we think of it that day, with his ten volume De architectura, encompassing elements of engineering, landscaping, design, and what can be considered urban planning.

We will begin by trying to build model forts and castles that are impregnable to various kinds of attacks, then move on to skyscrapers, seeing how high we can build, and end with experiments with damns holding back water and bridges spanning hot lava.

Of course, along the way, we will be playing with all kinds of authentic building materials, and, well, power tools and earthquake machines.

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