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Building Trust win Challenging Practice Award

We were thrilled to be told that we have been awarded the prize of Challenging Practice Award from ASF International. The award  aims to recognize “efficient solutions developed by architects globally to the many social, environmental and economic challenges facing the built environment.”

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See our awesome award here:

ASFAW CERTIFICATE Building Trust International

Thanks to our global network of volunteers and staff who helped us to achieve this award!

If you would like to join our team get in touch today!

Thanks for reading,

Louise

What is #SAFEhouse?

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What is #SAFEhouse?

Building Trust team enter Nepal housing competition with innovative design!

Safe House is not only modular within its’ structural elements, but also within its entirety.

Earthquake resistant design principles were applied to the design in order to reduce the level of damage the building sustains during an earthquake.  The simplistic rectangular form of the building eliminates weak structural junctions, which will reduce the amount of localized failings to the structure during an earthquake.

By using reinforced raft foundations the building has a very strong base that spreads its load evenly on the ground and reduces differential settlement.  The foundation can be used to level a sloping site and mitigate problems associated with unstable terrain and soil conditions, so can be applied in most contextual situations in Nepal and Tibet.  A 200mm upstanding plinth also creates a strong connection between the foundations and the structural frame it supports.

The design has just been entered into the IKUKU design challenge, check out our design here

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Keep your fingers crossed that our design wins the challenge and helps us see our housing designed realised in Nepal.

Thanks for reading,

Louise

 

Framework House hits the Press

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Designed and constructed in partnership with local community groups, Habitat for Humanity Cambodia and COLE. Framework House delivers a safe & structured way of providing housing to low income & at risk communities. It gives Public and NGO housing providers a way of structuring community involvement without risking inflated project costs. The design allows for infill wall & floor materials that are site specific reducing the overall cost & carbon footprint. These infill areas allow for expansion and extension of the property over time by residents once skills have been shared through construction.

Our Framework House design recently made it into many online articles such as Designboom, Domus, Inhabitat and more…

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If you would like to write an article about our Framework House project please get in touch.

And see some more photos of the final design:

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Thanks for reading,

Louise

Turning a car park into a play park for students

Over the upcoming weeks we will be turning a car park into a play park for students at the Cambodian Children’s Fund‘s school.

The project which was initially designed alongside local students with the Building Trust team takes on the children’s designs creating a play space from recycled tyres in an unused space of their school site.

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The space (above)

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Tyres for playground get a paint job!

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Tyres are painted and ready to be placed into position!

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Playground starts to take shape.

Keep reading to be kept up to date with the progress of our 3 playgrounds. See our Facebook album for more photos!

Thanks,

Louise

Cool School Winners Announced

How do you get to school if it’s minus 45 °C outside? How
do you gain an education when your nearest school is 20km
away? Witnessing this problem Building Trust international
launched an international design competition to challenge
designers and architects to provide a design solution which has
the chance to shape the future of school buildings across cold
regions globally.

I am thrilled to announce the winners of the Cool School Design competition:

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WINNERS of the Cool School competition Kyle Wylde, Nathan Woodward, Stephen Hawkins and Charley Burrough from UK Architectural practice PLACE By Design.

A diverse and enthusiastic Urban Design and Architectural practice based in Bristol, UK have been announced as the winners in a design competition that hopes to provide a safe, comfortable, learning environment for 100 pupils, withstanding extreme temperatures in Mongolia. The competition had 475 registered entrants and a jury including representatives from Building Trust International, World Vision, UNICEF, The Mongolian Education Alliance, GIZ and most importantly the local Governor and school committee.

Building Trust international will be working closely with World Vision Mongolia and local partners to deliver the winning design during Summer 2015. We look forward to building the winning design which will deliver a new innovative school design to a much needed community in Khovd, Mongolia. I will be posting updates live from the build which will be taking place this Summer.

Check out the Honourable Mentions from the competition:

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Maria Elena Beccaria Balduzzi and Martin Didžys based in Denmark.

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Daniela Zuanigh, Jennifer Schiano and Carlotta Giusti from Italy

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Andrew Kwok and David Majoe from the UK who are currently studying at the University of Bath

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Lateral Office (Toronto, CAN) Lola Sheppard, Mason White, Kate Holbrook-Smith and Jack Lipson

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Arup and Arup Associates

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Yuval Zohar, Livio Ercoli, Guo Xiaojuan, Victor Vieaux and Mei Zhang from Shanghai-based MUDI Architects

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Amirabbas Aboutalebi, Hooman Balazadeh, Yasaman forootan, Fatemeh Tajik, Artshin Mazoji, Hoda barzegar ganji and Samira Hajinasiri from Iran

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Ragy Aly Mostafa Elsayed Elgendy, Marwa Kamel AbdelHamid El Sayed, Merna Nabil Saad Henen, Aymen Jamal Mohamed Abdelmaksoud, Hebaallah AbdelWahab Mohamed Fathi and Lora Nabil Saad Henen from Pharos University in Alexandria, Egypt.

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Gary Robson, Sam Mitson
Nathan Mundy and Thora Arnardottir from Brightspace Architects in the UK

I would like to thank all those participants who took part in such an exciting competition.

Thanks for reading,

Louise

Bamboo Trees: Building with Bamboo in the Laos Jungle

For 3 weeks in April, I had the fantastic opportunity to assist in hosting Building Trust’s latest design + build workshop in the Laos jungle. With a team of international volunteers, Laos workers and Building Trust staff we completed the build of an innovative fundraising merchandise store for Free the Bears.

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Following the construction of several built projects in South East Asia using natural materials and seeing the growing interest and response in sustainable design and natural materials such as bamboo. Building Trust organised a Design + Build workshop to be held at Kuang Si Falls on the outskirts of Luang Prabang with Free the Bears. Working alongside Atelier COLE, a new merchandise store was designed and built which educates both workshop participants and the high volume of annual tourist visitors to the Tat Kuang Si Park on building with bamboo.

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Free the Bears work tirelessly to combat the illegal trade in live bears and provide a safe sanctuary for any rescued bears at Tat Kuang Si Rescue Centre. Most of the bears at the centre are Asiatic Black Bears (Moon Bears) that were illegally captured from the wild as young cubs. It is likely that they were destined for use in the traditional medicine trade. The merchandise store will enable Free the Bears to sell items such as T-shirts, in order to receive much needed donations to allow them to continue their ongoing efforts to protect bears in Laos and beyond.

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The fluted fountain like canopies protect the deck area by catching rain water and passing it through the gravel filled, hollow, circular foundation footings. As with all Building Trust projects the Bamboo Trees project worked closely with the local community who in this case were Khmu. They assisted in sharing local skills such as bamboo, rattan weaving and palm thatching which were later used to develop the roof of the structure.

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The bamboo is complimented by rope (around 10 kilometres) that spirals around the structure, weaving each piece together and creating strength from the whole. The resulting tensegrity structures lean against each other in a tripartite vault.

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You can see more photos of the construction of Bamboo Trees Here and be sure to check out more about Free The Bears!

Thanks for reading!

Louise

Design + Build in Italy – August 2015

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I am very happy to announce details of Building Trust international’s latest Design + Build workshop which will be held in Italy in August 2015.
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Design + Build Workshop, Italy 2015

What will workshop participants learn?

We are happy to announce that we will be working with “Terraepaglia”, a group of artisan handicraft experts who specialize in natural construction methods. Along with creating innovative buildings from earth and straw, Terraepaglia aim to publicize and educate on the use of natural materials and local techniques, that are often considered obsolete and less efficient than modern techniques. The value of this project is in the creation of functional spaces to communicate the importance of sustainable architecture, made of local reused materials.

This is a hands on course working with others to learn on-site skills such as:

  • Adobe bricks mixing and making
  • Soil testing
  • Straw bale construction
  • Rammed earth
  • Wattle and daub walls
  • Natural plastering
  • Wood flooring
When:  The fun bit with hands on lessons in the techniques mentioned above Mon 17th August – Sat 29th August 2015
If you would like to take part in our latest workshop please email info@buildingtrustinternational.org and check out more on our partners Terraepaglia
Thanks for reading,
Louise