School 4 Burma Design Competition Winners Building Trust Intl.
          Posted by Mario Cipresso

        • Building Trust International announce 'School 4 Burma Design Competition' Winners

          Building Trust International are delighted to announce that designers Amadeo Bennetta and Daniel LaRossa, of Berkeley, California have won the School 4 Burma Design Competition. 
          The winning design, for a modular school for migrant and refugee children in the Thai-Burma border town of Mae Sot, beat entries from all over the world as the competition generated progressive, contemporary design solutions. Over 800 designers and academic institutions expressed interest.

          Winner Amadeo Bennetta said: “We are thrilled to have been selected and we're enthusiastic about seeing this project become a reality by continuing to refine the original design into a real, feasible and deployable building.”  

          As the Building Trust International project now moves from conception to the planning and fabrication phase, the charity plans to work closely with the Kwe Ka Baung School, community leaders and other aid agencies in the area to ensure that the development of the design continues with their input.  

          David Cole, founding partner of Building Trust International said, “We would like to thank all those who took part. The standard of design entries that we received was incredible. We have the funding to develop the winning design, but we are now also looking for funding partners for a number of entries that we believe could be used to help other schools in the region. The competition has been a great success and highlights the key role that architects and designers have in tackling global issues.” 

          The winning team submitted a proposal that expressed a high level of flexibility responding well to the brief. The design utilizes an adaptable framework that balances prefabricated structural elements with locally crafted, modular, bamboo panels.  By creating entirely flat-packed components, BURMA [RE]FRAMED can be rapidly reassembled from a flatbed truck into a courtyard school, a single building or even as independent multi-use units. By reconsidering the restrictions of land ownership into an opportunity for flexible community space, BURMA [RE]FRAMED acts as a local/global bridge providing at-risk communities with a physical space around which the population can learn, grow and thrive.

          The student category winners, Ms.Gauri Satam and Mr.Tejesh Patil from Sir J.J. College of Architecture, Mumbai, India, used the basic design principles of anthropometric/scale along with simple striking colours naturally creating a welcoming feel towards a learning institution for young minds. 

          Building Trust International is a non profit organisation offering design assistance to communities and individuals in need. Building Trust International assesses areas in need, finds sustainable, economical aid solutions and ultimately provides buildings and infrastructure. These core actions have blossomed into advocating and educating on the principles of socially aware design, providing an accessible resource on humanitarian design projects and providing a structure for the crossover of information between design professionals.

          For more details please visit Building Trust International website:

          Building Trust International is a charity registered in England and Wales (1142338)
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