Low-Tech Solutions for Developing Countries: The Moving School Project in Burma

Low Tech Solutions for Developing Countries:

The Moving School Project in Burma

by Stanley Collyer
Winning entry by Amadeo Benneta and Daniel LaRossa

Children are often the ones suffering most when they become refugees. Not only do they undergo the physical deprivations common to many of the most serious scenarios affecting refugees, they often miss out on the intellectual stimulation provided in their previous educational environment. Because of the relatively recent flow of those Burmese refugees over the Thai border fleeing persecution in their native Burma, the situation of the children has become increasingly precarious. After visiting the Mae Sot refugee camp on the Tai/Burmese border, Louise McKillop and David Cole of the U.K. non-profit, Building Trust International, decided to make an attempt to rectify this, even though if only on a modest scale: they decided to stage a competition for the design of a low-tech, sustainable school module that could be easily dismantled and moved back to Burma when conditions dictated it was safe to do so.

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Low-tech as High Value: De-Materializing Seattle Center

Low-tech as High Value

De-Materializing Seattle Center: The Triumph of the Idea

by Clair Enlow
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Winning entry by ABF

The most ambitious urban plans often don’t materialize beyond the drawing board. Usually, it’s a funding issue, or local politics, or simply the lack of will on the part of those who are calling the shots to take up a brand new idea. Seattle, no stranger to grand urban schemes, seems to be one of those rare exceptions—the sweeping Olympic Sculpture Park by Weiss/Manfredi being a recent example. A new plan by Field Operations (James Corner) for the Seattle waterfront could well turn out to be a worthy addition. So staging an ideas competition for an underused site near Seattle’s urban core—Seattle Center—would seem like an attention-getter and harbinger of great things. As was the case with this competition, initiating a discussion about a site without imposing strict programmatic limitations can sometimes get the ball rolling. Wasn’t this how New York’s High Line got started, first raising the bar with an ideas competition until it developed into a real project?

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New National Stadium Japan

Sponsor: Japan Sport Council

Type: RfQ, open, international

Languages: English, Japanese

Location: Tokyo, Japan

Eligibility requirements:

Laureates for any of the following: Pritzker Prize, AIA Gold Medal, RIBA Gold Medal, UIA Gold Medal, Honor of Prince Takamatsu and

Architects who have shown the ability to design and complete a

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Enlightening Libraries — AIAS Student Competition

Sponsor: AIAS Students

Type: Open, architecture students


14 October 2012 – Registration deadline

29 November 2012 – Submission deadline

Total Awards: $7,725.00


With the steady advent of new technologies, libraries are becoming more urbanized, collaborative community spaces as well as massive repositories of online data

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Generation Kingspan: 2012 Student Design Competition

Sponsor: Kingspan

Type: Student, open

Fee: None

Language: English

Eligibility: Students presently enrolled in an accredited university program in the U.S. or Canada


31 October 2012 – Submission deadline online

7 November 2012 – Online voting deadline


• Judged Winner – selected by the

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2013 Ed Bacon Student Design Competition

Sponsor: Philadelphia Center for Architecture

Type: Open, International

Fee: None for pre-registration; $50 for final entry

Language: English

Eligibility: Open to all college and university students who are matriculating during the competition period. Students may enter as teams or individuals.


Pre-Registration Deadline: 11:59PM, October 4, 2012

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Draw up a Chair in Battery Park Competition

Sponsor: The Battery Conservancy, New York City

Type: Open, but restricted to professionals and students residing in the Americas

Eligibility: Professional designers and students residing in North and South America

Language: English

Fees and timetable:

Early registration – US$50 (individuals); US$75 (teams) to October 1, 2012

Late registration

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Alzheimer’s Center (Centro Alzheimer)

Type: Open, international

Location: Armilla (Granada), Spain

Language: Spanish

Fee: None

Eligibility: Licensed architects

Jury: TBD


4 September 2012 – Submission deadline

Design Challenge:

Se pretende la construcción del Centro Granadino del Alzheimer, cuyo objetivo es ser un lugar de referencia asistencial y social,

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Sponsor: Gowanus by Design

Type: Open, ideas, one-stage

Language: English

Location: New York City

Eligibility requirements:

Professionals and students of architecture/landscape architecture


$50 for students; $75 for professionals


19 October 2012 – Registration deadline

16 November 2012 – Q & A deadline

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2012 AIAS/AARP Student Competition Winners:

Aging in Place—Kitchens

First Place Preservation through Creation Tony Zhang, Daniel Gehr, Richard May Advisor: Erica Cochran 2nd year students, Carnegie Mellon University

Second Place Staying Young in Old City: Securing Independence through Adaptable Design Jason Klinker, Madeline LaPlante Recent Graduates, Ball State University

Third Place

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