The Committee on Architecture for Education (CAE) is a large and active group of architects and allied professionals concerned with the quality and design of all types of educational, cultural, and recreational facilities.
On Friday October 2nd, the CAE Research ThinkTank was joined by Angelica Rojas-Garcia, a researcher and designer from Australia. Angelica is a designer with IncluDesign which is a design studio focusing on urban design, architecture, planning, ecology, engagement, research and education. She presented details about their work re-imagining and re-building the Purano Jhangajholi Education Centre in Sindhuli, Nepal after a 2015 earthquake. This includes starting with a framework for regenerative development which takes into account the needs of the community, such as health and educational services, clean drinking water, job and other income-generating activities. They also included the opinions of the students, parents, teachers and larger community throughout the process and considered impacts on the surrounding ecosystem and non-human inhabitants. Their design centered (literally) around a tree that is sacred to the community and incorporates solar energy as well as local materials. Take a look at Anjelica's presentation and the meeting recording below.For more about the project visit FONA (Friends of Nepal Association): https://www.fona.org.au/programs/education/purano-jhangajholi-education-centre/