Students of Anhalt University build a school and dormitory building for the P'Yan Daung School in Mae Sot, Thailand. The region of Mae Sot, close to the Birmese border, is shaped by the massive immigration of refugees fleeing from ethnic persecution and the consequences of the civil war in their home country.
We want to take remedial action and provide more space for accomodation and a better class situation. Students and teachers, as well as local craftsmen, are involved into the planning and construction phase to fulfil all varied requirements and the responsibility of a successful project. In order to build as cost-efficient as possible, we only use local ressources, such as clay and wood.
This kind of projects is not only usefull for the future user and the community. Also to the students they mean a vast increase of vocational and personal experience, cross-cultural expertise and a chance to go beyond themselves.
We are an interdisciplinary team of students from Anhalt university in Dessau (Germany) with backgrounds in Architecture and Design. The team members are from different nationalities such as Germany, Indonesia, El Salvador, Iran, Thailand and India. With such a widespread perspective and knowledge, we are able to take its full advantage in every stage of the design and construction process. The head of the team could gain valuable insights and experiences within the former Nepali Project in which a school- and community-center was raised in rural Western Nepal. With two Thai members in the design team, we are able to have a direct and active conversation with the school in Thai language itself and also understand in clarity the situation in climate, politics and architecture in Thailand. The collaboration with agora.architects and HelpWithoutFrontiers who are based in Thailand helps to understand many local situations, the needs and design strategies to be implemented in that region and the school system in that particular area as such.
Currently our Thai team members are busy contacting local material shops, asking for discount and donation of materials; by now without positive outcomes. Especially with the free supply of roofing material (iron sheet or optionally clay tiles) we'd save a lot of money. We require supply of 2nd hand timber, wood working tools (hand tools, electrical), a generator for water supply and basic electrical tools (such as drills, saws, sanding machines).
We do offer promotion of our sponsors and presentations/ experience reports of the former and the recent project.
Local craftsmen and the school community are involved in the construction process as far as possible. Still our student team consisting of 10-12 participants would appreciate other students from other universities to join the construction. Preferably we would like to include a wider range of the community and therefore require valuable advices how to make people participate the best.
To construct the building we'll need 6000€ which includes building costs and salary for local labour. Additional (personal) costs of the project team for transportation, food and accomodation will be defrayed by every participant independently.
Currently we collected 1500€ roundabout from private sponsors and small companies.
Preferably we would like to include a wider range of the community and therefore require valuable advices how to make people participate.
We believe that our work not only consists of constructing facilities - furthermore we see it as a platform for cross-cultural exchange of knowledge, experiences and skills, as well as a chance for social change. It is a chance for discovering the local manner of life and mindset, as well as exploring specific problems and needs of the community in order to find strategies of interaction. Therefore we aim to raise a building, as much as we intend to overcome the building site borders to tackle local challenges together with the community.
Description: Students build a school and dormitory building in Mae Sot
Design: Manuel Schroeder / Sebastian Schöne
Building status: proposal (Buildify submission)
Construction period: Febr/March 2017
Needs: supply, work force, funding support, advice
Location: Mae Sot, Thailand
Coordinates: 16°45'32.1'' N, 98°29'30.8'' E
Tags: clay, development cooperation, education, Buildify accelerator, local resources
Project ID: 615
Published: 16 September 2016
Last updated: 12 October 2016
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