#PLAYscapes

I am very pleased to share with you details of the latest Building Trust International design competition entitled ‘PLAYscapes.’ The competition seeks to find exciting design proposals to transform neglected parts of cities into interactive landscapes, encouraging public engagement, community involvement and sustainable adaptive reuse. The competition will challenge both professional and student architects, designers, engineers and artists to provide a design solution which advocates creativity and promotes outside activity, increasing socialisation.

PLAYscapes
PLAYscapes

I have been working this week to publicise the competition to the Architecture and Design media to further promote the project and encourage students of all fields to take part in the chance to make their city more fun.  The competition is an opportunity for people to share an abandoned or forgotten urban site in their city which they feel has the possibility to be developed into an exciting PLAYscape.

The competition brief can be downloaded from below:



Final date for registration – 1st July 2013
Closing date for all submissions – 29th July 2013

Announcement of winners to be posted on www.buildingtrustinternational.org – 30th September 2013
PLAYscapes brief
PLAYscapes brief
I would encourage everyone to read this fun and exciting brief and see if there is a site in your city which you could make more fun.
Building Trust International has a fantastic Facebook gallery promoting current PLAYscapes, check it out to get some inspiration for your proposal: PLAYscapes
A few inspirational projects:
Didier Faustino's billboard swing
Didier Faustino’s billboard swing
Crochet playground constructions of Toshiko Horiuchi in Japan
Crochet playground constructions of Toshiko Horiuchi in Japan

If there are any University lecturers who would like to set the PLAYscapes brief as part of your students academic curriculum please do get in touch!

Louise

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Work on Moving Schools 002 begins

The new site
The new site

Well things are really progressing with Moving Schools 002 at New Road School in Mae Ramat. The new site has been cleared and this week parents and teachers from the school committee will begin digging foundation holes for their new school.  The PTA meeting which was held last week was a great way to discuss the school design with the local community and gain their feedback on the design.

Parents and teachers review the school design
Parents and teachers review the school design

By reviewing a scale model of the school design with the PTA members the Building Trust team were able to clearly understand the needs of the school committee and the pupils. There will be five classrooms made from a steel frame as constructed in the first Moving Schools build. The building will feature two large classrooms and three smaller classrooms which will be divided by walls which the parents and teachers will construct themselves.

Decision on placement of the new building
Decision on placement of the new building

It is great to see how pro active the local community members are in building a new school for their children. They were happy to take time of during the Songkran holiday season to get started on the build of the new classrooms. I look forward to keeping you posted with details of the school build over the upcoming months.

A few photos of the first day on site plotting the grid for their new school building:

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Thanks for reading,

Louise

Suk San Wan Songkran

Just in time for the Thai New Year Festival ‘Songrkan,’ Building Trust’s first Moving School for Thu Kha Hang Sar students is complete. As the temperatures in Thailand rise and work becomes more difficult due to the extreme heat of 40 degrees, we are very happy to say all work for the first Moving Schools project has been finished.

One Classroom with window and white board installed
One Classroom with window and white board installed

The new pulley system which is used to open and close the windows throughout the school has been fully installed and explained to the  headmistress. The new window system will allow the classrooms to remain cool during rainy season while providing  protection from the rain and added security.

It will be great to see how the children interact with the changes to their new school when they return to class in June.

I am very happy to share with you photos of Moving Schools 001:

Fully open side of school with 5 classrooms (windows open)
Fully open side of school with 5 classrooms (windows open)
Corridor
Corridor
External view
External view

The success of the first Moving Schools project has been proven as Building Trust have been requested to build a further mobile, modular school design in the nearby town of Mae Ramat, Thailand. I look forward to sharing with you photos of a recent Parent’s Teacher’s Association meeting at New Road School, where the design of Moving Schools 002 was discussed and agreed with the school committee.  Work on the build will began shortly, with parents of the school children working with Building Trust to dig the foundation holes for their new school building.

Open space classroom
Open space classroom

Thanks for reading,

Louise

 

Publicity and Promotion

One of my main aims while on my Vodafone WOD placement is to increase the awareness of the work Building Trust carry out. Over the last few weeks I have been working hard to publicise the work of my chosen charity and promote the results of the Cambodian housing competition. In a previous blog I shared with you the winning and short listed designs from the competition. I would like to share with you some of the fantastic articles which have been written about the competition results:

Article by Inhabitat
Article by Inhabitat

The above article was published on Inhabitat’s website,  the piece generated a high level of social media activity and promotion with over 550 Facebook shares. You can read the full article here

I was able to gain coverage in international Architecture and Design press such as The Architect’s Journal,  E-Architect, ArchDaily and World Architecture News. I would like to thank the journalists and writers for their assistance in further promoting the work of the three NGO’s involved.

I have been reaching out to international press to cover the competition results and was able to secure a live radio interview on Radio Australia with David Cole, Director of Building Trust International. I hope that with the wide spread coverage of the competition we will widen the exposure for the NGO’s involved and highlight the increased need to provide sustainable new housing solutions to low income families in Cambodia.

A great article about the Cambodian Housing project was placed in last weekend’s edition of the Phnom Penh Post. I hope this will assist in promoting  the exhibition of winning and short listed designs which will be held in Phnom Penh in May.

Phnom Penh Post

Many thanks for reading, I look forward to sharing photos of the completed house builds with you soon.

Louise