Quake-resistant school buildings

The struggle to rebuild Nepal’s infrastructure since the devastating earthquake that struck in April last year has inspired some architects to try and help, resulting in ideas like the ‘Temporary Shelter in Nepal’ and ‘Just a Minute’ shelters. In a similar vein, New York City’s SHoP Architects recently made a commitment to build 50 schools for the quake-affected country.

SHoP  joined forces with the non-profit Kids of Kathmandu and NGO Asia Friendship Network for the project, which will comprise a flexible building template that can be adapted to the particular site conditions and assembled with help from local volunteers.

In an effort to ensure that the schools are able to withstand earthquakes, they will be built using concrete slab foundations, steel truss roofs and earth brick construction. The schools will be outfitted with new kitchens, wireless Internet and donated computers and could
possibly serve as a safe haven, should another disaster strike.

The schools will sport solar panels to produce electricity and a water purification system will also be installed. Construction of the schools is set to begin in early 2016, with two schools, initially. The eventual plan is to provide schools in the hardest-hit and most remote areas in Nepal.

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