Field Trip: Sustainable Design - Smart Buildings (Grades 6-12)

What does a healthy, sustainable and attractive community look like? How does architecture connect us to our environment? In this workshop students will look at different green building case studies and will learn about low impact building materials that are being used right now. They will then design their own structure out of foamcore, tagboard, cardstock, and recycled materials. They will be encouraged to develop innovative solutions to an environmental problem they have identified in their community. 

Students will: 

  • Gain a better understanding of the role of urban development and community-building. 

  • Learn about practices, processes and materials that are used to create a sustainable built environment. 

  • Learn about solar power, passive solar, active solar, wind turbines, green materials, healthy building 

  • Develop creative solutions to environmental issues through architecture and design 

Learning standards: 

  • S6E6a,b

  • VA7.CR.1d,e

  • S8P2a,b,c

  • 9th-12th Grade: SEV3a,b,c,d,SEV4a,b


  • Duration: 1.5 hours

  • Price: $15 per student and participating chaperone / non participating chaperones are free

  • Registrations that are cancelled 2 weeks prior to the workshop, class or school program will result in a refund of 50%. No refunds will be available for cancellations less than 2 weeks prior to the date of the workshop, class or school program.

  • Group size: 30 max

  • Times: 10-11:30am or 10:30-12noon

  • Parking: MODA does not have a reserved parking area. Buses are able to park on 16th Street NE, between the High Museum of Art and First Presbyterian Church of Atlanta. Please note that parking is on a first come, first serve basis. For smaller groups, with passenger vehicles, parking is available along Peachtree St. NE and in the Lanier Parking Deck located at 1337 Peachtree St. NE, Atlanta, GA 30308.

Have any questions? Contact Alice Vogler at to explore the possibilities of bringing your group to MODA.