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Welcome, educators, to an exciting journey through the streets of New York City, where creativity meets engineering prowess in our New York Paper City activity. Prepare to immerse your students in a world of architectural wonders, urban planning, and artistic expression as we delve into the heart of STEAM education.

The New York Paper City activity is an educational experience that allows students to explore the iconic architecture and urban landscape of New York City through hands-on construction and creative expression. Participants use paper templates to build miniature replicas of landmarks and buildings while learning about the city’s history, culture, and architectural styles.Β 

Art Deco architecture is characterized by its sleek geometric shapes, decorative motifs, and bold, stylized forms. Some key features of Art Deco buildings include symmetrical designs with clean lines and sharp angles, the use of materials such as glass, steel, and concrete to create a modern and futuristic aesthetic, decorative elements inspired by ancient and exotic cultures, emphasis on verticality and ornamentation, and integration of industrial and machine-age influences. 

The New York Paper City activity serves as a bridge between art and engineering by combining creative expression with technical skill and problem-solving. Through the process of building paper replicas of iconic New York City landmarks, students engage in hands-on construction and design, applying principles of geometry, measurement, and structural integrity.

Discovering Architectural Marvels:

Step into the shoes of budding architects and engineers as your students explore the iconic skyline of New York City through our New York Paper City activity. From towering skyscrapers to historic landmarks, each paper building offers a canvas for creativity and a gateway to understanding the principles of engineering and design.

Engaging STEAM Activities:

  • Art Deco Design Challenge:

Task students with creating their own Art Deco-inspired buildings using the New York Paper City templates. Encourage them to incorporate characteristic Art Deco elements such as geometric shapes, decorative motifs, and bold colors into their designs. This activity not only fosters artistic expression but also introduces students to architectural styles and design principles.

  • Volumetric Exploration:

Dive into the world of volumetry with a hands-on exploration of three-dimensional space. Provide students with templates for building towers from the New York Paper City activity and challenge them to calculate the volume of each structure using the formulas for the volume of rectangular prisms or cylinders. This activity bridges the gap between math and engineering, allowing students to apply mathematical concepts to real-world architectural challenges.

  • City Planning Simulation:

Transform your classroom into a bustling urban landscape with a city planning simulation using the New York Paper City activity. Divide students into small groups and assign each group a section of the city grid. Task them with collaboratively designing and constructing their assigned area of the city, considering factors such as zoning, transportation routes, and green spaces. This activity promotes teamwork, critical thinking, and problem-solving skills while providing insights into the complexities of urban planning and engineering.

Cultural Landmarks Exploration:

Step into the world of 1920s glamour and sophistication with our New York Paper City activity. Featuring four towering buildings inspired by the Art Deco movement, including the Eldorado building by architect Emery Roth, students will explore beyond the familiar landmarks such as the Statue of Liberty, the Empire State Building, and the Chrysler Building and gain a deeper appreciation for the architectural wonders that grace the city skyline. It encourages them to discuss the cultural, historical, and societal themes embedded in the city’s built environment. This activity fosters interdisciplinary learning by combining art, history, and social studies in a meaningful exploration of cultural heritage and identity.

Bridging Art and Engineering:

Through hands-on exploration and creative expression, the New York Paper City activity offers a unique opportunity to bridge the worlds of art and engineering in STEAM education. By combining artistic design with mathematical principles, students develop a deeper understanding of the intersection between creativity and technology, preparing them for future careers in architecture, engineering, and design. Through our method, students not only absorb information but actively engage with it, fostering deep understanding and retention that goes beyond memorization – Learning at its Finest!

Suitable for All Ages and Settings:

Whether you’re 10 or 100, the New York Paper City activity is a journey that knows no bounds. Perfect for classrooms, homeschooling, or group activities, it offers a scalable and adaptable experience that brings people together in celebration of the built environment.

New York Paper City


As educators, it’s our mission to inspire the next generation of innovators and problem-solvers. With the New York Paper City activity, we invite you to ignite the spark of curiosity in your students, empowering them to explore, create, and imagine the possibilities of a world where art and engineering collide. Together, let’s embark on a journey of discovery and inspiration through the vibrant streets and towering skyscrapers of New York City.