Landmark West’s Youth Education Program

Neighborhood Poetry

Students explore how buildings in their neighborhood can serve as inspiration for creating poems.

Program Description

In the first session, students explore poems about architecture and their accompanying illustrations and practice visualization. In the second session, students head outside to make observations about an actual building, sketching and writing brief phrases about what they see. In preparation for the final session, the observations are typed up and cut into strips.  Students will, in small groups, cooperate to arrange the observations into poems inspired by one building in the neighborhood.

Student Goals

  • look UP to notice architecture that they had not seen before
  • see buildings in a new way: not only as places to live, learn, eat, etc. but as works of art themselves and inspiring of other forms of art
  • work together to create poems made up of their classmates’ on-site observations


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Compose poems based on neighborhood buildings

Tour a site and observe differences between the past and present

Explore architecture up close and design a contextual facade

To inquire about having your school partner with Keeping the Past for the Future, please contact

Shannon Hill
45 West 67th Street
New York, NY 10023

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