On Thursday 16th May, The Future of Sustainable Housing In Cambodia exhibition opened to the public. A wide range of visitors from a variety of backgrounds and professions came to see the short listed and winning housing designs from Building Trust’s 3rd International design competition.
It was fantastic to work with local Cambodian architecture students, who created 1 to 20 scale models of some of the housing designs. These were showcased at the exhibition and received a lot of attention. They were a fantastic addition to the exhibition and allowed visitors to see a 3D representation of the housing designs. Many thanks to the team of students who constructed the models.
It was great to see the number of local students who attended the exhibition and had a real interest in learning about the future possibilities of housing in Cambodia. Several local professors attended and were very keen to set similar design competitions to their students as part of their curriculum.
I look forward to updating you with the progress of the project and photos from the live builds which will start at the end of the month, providing three low income families with their chosen housing design.
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I am currently working on the preparation for The Future of Sustainable Housing in Cambodia exhibition which will be held at Meta House Gallery in Phnom Penh from 17 to 23rd May. The exhibition will showcase low cost, flood resistant, sustainable housing designs that aim to shape the future of housing in Cambodia. The event will showcase architects work from around the globe focused on creating a more sustainable future for Cambodia’s poor. The winning and short listed designs are from the recent International Design competition which Building Trust International hosted alongside Habitat for Humanity, Karuna Cambodia and the Cambodian Society of Architects.
If you are in Phnom Penh during the time of the exhibition please do pop along to check out the fantastic designs on display. Alongside the designs there will also be scale models of some of the projects. We are currently working alongside students from local Cambodian Universities including the Royal University of Fine Arts to produce the models. It is fantastic to have the support of the local students some of whom actually entered the Cambodian Housing competition!
I look forward to updating next week with photos from the exhibition which has been kindly sponsored by Hongkong Land one of Asia’s leading property investment, management and development groups.
Well my Vodafone WOD placement may have ended but my volunteering for Building Trust International continues and things are busier than ever. I have just arrived in Mae Sot, a small town on the Thai/Burmese border where I will be volunteering on the construction of the winning school design from our ‘School 4 Burma’ competition.
The build is due to start in June with a team of Worldwide volunteers arriving to help with the project. Yesterday, we had a meeting with the school headmaster and discussed the potential sites for the school construction. We are awaiting final approval from the local community that we can start construction on the school this will be finalised in a meeting which will take place on June 6th.
In the meantime, we are discussing with the school teachers to gain their thoughts and ideas on the winning design. We have also set-up meetings with local timber yards to discuss the costs of the materials to be used for the school construction. I look forward to sending through more details and photos as the build progresses.
In the meantime, back in the UK Jude Sellen a Building Trust trustee is hosting a 2 month open house exhibition for the charity. Jude has arranged an open house showcasing the Moving Schools exhibition, which was recently on display in London. The event is open 10am to 5pm every weekend through May and June in the small town of Westmeston, outside of Brighton. Also on display in the house are photography works by local prize winning photographers. Many of the pieces on display have been kindly donated by the artists to raise further funding for the Moving Schools project. Along with fantastic pieces of art to purchase there is an garden cafe with baked goods, tasty cakes and even beans on toast on offer. With all proceeds going to the ‘Moving Schools’ project. Many thanks to Jude and the local community who have helped organise and plan such a fantastic event.
If you missed the ‘Moving Schools’ exhibition in London and would like to see the project then please make sure to visit the Open House Exhibition which can be found at 1 The Street, Westmeston, BN6 8RJ
All funds raised will go directly into the ‘Moving Schools’ project which I am currently working on in Mae Sot. So please go and show your support.