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Pre-Fab School Travels With Its Displaced Students [Pics]

Pre-Fab School Travels With Its Displaced Students [Pics]
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Modular school solutions for communities displaced by conflict.

Serena Chu
  • 31 october 2013

California architects Arnadeo Bennetta and Dan LaRossa designed a flat-packed school for children in SouthEast Asia. As the winners of the design competition, Moving school project, hosted by Building Trust, a non-profit organization dedicated to provide advice and eduction on sustainable principles of architecture, their design for a self-assembly educational facility became a reality for the less privileged communities in Thailand and Burma.

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Using a mixture of environmentally friendly materials and structural steel, the school will be a comfortable arrangement for kids to further their education. Once assembled, the school is raised a few feet from the ground to minimize flooding, and covered with a white, waterproof fabric and bamboo panels. The panels were included to provide the maximum amount of natural lighting, while still offering a good amount of privacy. Instead of having tradtional doors, sliding bamboo ones were introduced to minimize the amount of required space.

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The building designs are offered for free, and can be downloaded from the Building Trust website. Bennetta and LaRossa’s design can be taken apart and reassembled several times over. Directional information are given alongside the building plans, which include tips and suggestions for site preparation, as well as assembly time and amount of men power.

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