Little Maps is a project focused in increasing younger learners understanding and skills to make architecture, by developing a dynamic cartography which helps them reflect on and improve their intimate talent and disciplinary knowledge, providing techniques to allow them to self-assess their architecture design process. A comprehensive effort, that integrates reflection and hands-on action; speculative, critical and pragmatical thinking; research and practice; fieldwork and online engagement; scientific method and character.
Online learning is a complement to a direct dialogue with an older learner or your peers. Little Maps is not about teaching the skills necessary to know how to build, but rather to help you figure out which techniques you need to learn for each particular project. Acquiring the skills of the trade is a necessary step to actually building something, so that hopefully you can build it better. Academic learning should be manufactured to help you develop your critical thinking. Little Maps is aimed as a self-assessment cartography that can hopefully be useful to architects and self-builders of all ages and contexts, covering the vast ground among these three distinct poles. To help them know what to do when they reach a dead end, which questions to ask at each step, where to look at, at which pace to move on, making their way as they get lost from time to time.
Little Maps are shared on this written online format, as well as in seminars, workshops and studios in collaboration with higher education institutions.