Photos fianarantsoa school: Studio Mortazavi – San Francisco

It is in Fianarantsoa, ​​in the center of the country, that the first 3D printed school is expected to emerge at the instigation of Thinking Huts, a non-profit organization.

A great initiative combining new technologies and commitment due to the American Maggie Grout, founder of Thinking Huts. This organization, which set out to tackle the problem of access to education (there are believed to be over 260 million children without access to education worldwide) was created to serve disadvantaged communities and now plans to build schools from 3D print files, with a pilot project in Madagascar.

The technology developed by Hyperion Robotics is the one that will be associated with this project in Madagascar. Maggie Grout also teamed up with San Francisco-based architectural firm Studio Mortazavi, founded by architect Amir Mortazavi, to create the world’s first 3D printed school on a 1.6 hectare site at Madagascar. While 3D printing technology has been used for many projects lately, including cars and some architectural projects, this will be the first large-scale school to use this methodology.

Amir Mortazavi said the pilot school will be built on the university campus of the School of Management and Technological Innovation (EMIT) in Fianarantsoa. There will be a campus, from preschool to high school, for hundreds of students, with different buildings for science, libraries, physical education, music and arts classrooms, and computer labs.

Simple but effective, the design features a beehive configuration that allows for the siting of multiple schools, and also includes green walls on the facades and solar panels to power the buildings. The pilot school will consist of a hybrid design featuring 3D printed walls and local building materials for the roof and openings. “Pockets” on the facades allow vertical gardens.

The construction of the first school was scheduled between December 2021 and March 2022 but the restrictions of the Covid-19 upset the initial schedule

In partnership with local businesses

Thinking Huts hopes the Madagascar school will stimulate innovation, while creating opportunities and access to education. “Our hybrid design is mindful of the local economy by partnering with Malagasy companies, such as LafargeHolcim, when we source materials,” said Maggie Grout. About 60% of the 1.3 million Malagasy primary school-age students are not enrolled, and assuming a student-teacher ratio of 35 to 1, the total need is estimated at over 22,000 classrooms. class.

Its objective is to have a basis for reflection for each community where children do not have access to education. She hopes to have a dozen or so printed in the first year of the project while looking for opportunities in other countries as the process and technique are refined. Its fundraising campaign, called “Thoughtful Giving” aims to raise $ 350,000 for a first phase, to support the pilot project and the next three schools in Fianarantsoa.

Source: Tsirisoa R.


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