In the world today there are 10 million classrooms in need of repair. The World Bank says we will need 10 million more new classrooms in more than 100 countries by 2015. And really, classrooms have barely evolved in the last few decades, perhaps a video projector is screwed to the ceiling and that is it.
Architecture for Humanity thinks we can do better. They are sponsoring the 2009 Open Architecture Challenge: to design the classroom of the future.
Cameron Sinclair explains all
It is open to anyone; the winner gets up to $50,000 to build the classroom and $5,000 to help them do it. Designers can work with a school of their choice, but the point of the competition is to focus on the design of a single, replicable adaptable classroom.
There are also options to work on modular design, a classroom upgrade in India and a classroom addition in Uganda.
The jury is pretty spectacular, including TreeHugger regulars Michelle Kaufmann and David de Rothschild, author Dave Eggers and more. Registration closes on May 4, at the Open Architecture Network.
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