International architecture company Studio Mortazavi has partnered with a Colorado-based nonprofit Thought hut a design proposal for the world’s first 3D printing school is in the south Madagascar. Developed to improve accessibility to education in remote, poor and poor areas, the modular concept applies to 3D printing for the benefit of low carbon and the ability to shorten construction time from months down to a few days. The design team, which has also partnered with Finnish-based 3D technology company Hyperion Robotics and local university Madagascar EMIT, hopes to ground the test project by 2021.
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According to UNESCO, more than 260 million children around the world have no access to education – a staggering number includes more than half of Madagascar’s 1.3 million primary school-aged children who do not to go to school by class Bronze. As a result, Thinking Huts and Studio Mortazavi selected southern Madagascar as the pilot site, not only because of the urgent need for educational infrastructure but also because of its potential for economic growth, political stability and The optimal condition for the country’s solar harvest.
The 3D printed pilot school will adhere to a low-cost modular design for scalability and adaptability. Inspired by a honeycomb, each wedge-shaped module will be printed out from clay with natural pigments from the local landscape, then combined with other units into a variety of configurations. Each module can be used as a stand-alone classroom that accommodates 20 children with spaces for a library, reading area, whiteboard furniture, two individual toilets, a shared sink and a storage room. contain. The modules are also easily adjustable for other uses such as a dance studio, woodworking shop, and even a home. The eco-minded prototype project is expected to feature a vertical garden on the outside of 3D-printed walls as well as rooftop solar panels and rainy season system.
“We are thrilled to be working with Studio Mortazavi, a leader in design and innovation, forming a sustainable partnership that values sustainability in the construction industry as we seek to strengthen accessibility to education through 3D printing Says Maggie Grout, founder of Thinking Huts. “We believe that education is an important catalyst to address global problems from gender inequality to poverty; Achieved through local partnerships, we are building a future where communities have the necessary infrastructure to ensure that education is accessible to all.
When the prototype project is complete, Thinking Huts hopes to build three more schools with its materials partner LafargeHolcim in Madagascar’s Ibity.
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