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Mobile Mae Sot Bamboo School Pops Up in Thailand to Aid Refugees
Located in the town of Mae Sot, MOVING Schools 001 was created through the joint effort of architecture professionals, a social enterprise, volunteers from around the world, kids and adults. This diverse group worked together to create a learning shelter in an area afflicted by decades of armed conflict. The mobile school is made from a bolted steel structure and panels made from fast-growing bamboo, and it was designed for easy disassembly.
The project utilizes traditional bamboo building techniques, and the concrete-free foundations and made from reclaimed tires filled with compacted gravel. The unique roof is a tensile fabric (instead of tin/zinc), which lasts longer, can be easily taken down, and produces less noise from the impact of Thailand‘s heavy rains. The construction of this new bamboo school was a learning experience for the architects, the volunteers, and the entire community.
Photos by Building Trust International
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