August 4th, 2009

Classrooms of the Future

Every two years Architecture for Humanity issues a global “Open Architecture Challenge” and invites anyone to solve it. This year’s competition was “Classroom of the Future” and it partnered architecture firms with school districts and students (see one students drawing below) to address specific community needs.

classroom

They recently announced the eight finalists (from over 500 entries) from this year’s competition.   The grand prize provides the winner with $5,000 and the school with $50,000 to realize the design.

One of the finalist in the United States is The Teton Valley Community School (TVCS), a non-profit independent school located in Victor, Idaho at the base of the Teton Mountain range. TVCS currently serves 70 students from preschool through 6th grade and hopes to expand to include 7th and 8th grade by the year 2011.

TVCS is currently located within two existing houses and the the challenge Section Eight Design had was to create a school that can accommodate the exponential growth that is taking place in towns like Victor.

Watch the video below to see more about their proposal and their process.

2009 Open Architecture Challenge: Classroom [See all the finalists here]

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