The Ilima Primary School aims to set a new standard for rural education and to redefine what architecture can aspire to in limited-resource areas. The school serves as a community centre in the rural Congo to promote sustainable farming and hunting practices for the mutually beneficial integration of villages and wildlife.
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Founded in 2012, a.gor.a architects is based in Mae Sot, Thailand along the Thai-Burma Border. The studio has grown through an organic process of getting involved with NGO’s and community based organizations. In this interview, Jan Glasmeier shares a brief history of their practice and how their practice has evolved to deliver works of inspirational architecture.
A migrant learning center in Mae Sot, Thailand was in urgent need for additional classrooms. With a small budget of 2600$, the classrooms had to be ready to use within four weeks time.
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Hathigaon (or elephant village) is the popular name of community-housing for mahouts – a local community of elephant riders, trainers, or keepers - and even housing for their hundred-odd elephants. This case study reveals how the housing initiative enables both the ecological and the economic sustainability for the mahouts and elephants. > Read the case study
Over the past two decades, the urban development of Shanghai shows that efforts to preserve the existing city have been unsuccessful. By neglecting cultural heritage, don't we risk depriving contemporary and future populations of their identity?
After a massive eviction along the riverside settlement in Jarkata, a pilot house was developed together by six familites during October 2015 to January 2016. The co-housing presents four dwelling units with shared utlities. Read the case study >
A pre-school in an informal settlemen was constructed in 6 months, initiated and built together by local community and a group of young architects, Joe Slovo Township, South Africa. Read the case study >
Sankofa house is a winning proposal for a family house built for less than $8,000, using traditional building techniques, local expertise and skilled workers. Read the case study >