This Ain’t Child’s Play

In light of today’s housing woes, your architectural skills are in higher demand than ever. The kitchen walls must be large enough to accommodate portraits of Jesus, MLK, and Obama; the stairs must be sturdy enough to hold you and that monkey on your back; and the bedrooms need to be fitted with padded walls. In case the requirements make you want to say “fuck it” and reach for a cardboard box, try building a home from sand at the Digital Drafting Sandblast Sandcastle Competition. You’ll be in the company of students, architects, and laymen crafting elaborate sculptures that even the biggest beach bully won’t want to kick over.

Creativity and technique are key, so you can attempt to re-create the Taj Mahal, or keep it simple and try a pyramid. Either way, remember that a pail of water is your friend and necessary to turn your sand from grainy to cakey. This free back-to-your-youth contest is part of the American Institute of Architects monthlong series of exhibits, tours, lectures, and competitions. The sandcastling takes place from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. at Crandon Park. Visit to register.
Sun., Nov. 23, 2008


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