March 11, 2008
by Canadian Architect
An adverse effect of the recent explosion of population in Ireland is the inability of the educational system to adapt to new circumstances. Currently, 750 schools in Ireland are renting temporary prefab accommodation. Most schools have had to use the same prefabs for longer than expected periods, far exceeded their design lives. In some cases current teachers are now teaching in the same sub-standard, dilapidated prefabs they were educated in. Although 13 new schools built around Dublin will open their doors next September, the construction of new schools is falling long short of the population growth in and around the city.
Accordingly, the brief for this international student competition is to design a transportable pavillion that will function as a learning tool for school children. The aim of this brief is to create a space that embodies a lesson, and successfully explains and demystifies ecological and sustainable architecture and principles.
The winning project will be given to an architectural office to do construction drawings and prepare it for construction. It is to be built on a site in Letterfrack during the EASA Summer Assembly as a high-quality built workshop. It may be published in the national and international architecture press. There will also be commendations for the “Most Imaginative” and “Most Practical” entries. A single entrant from each of these will be awarded free participation to the EASA 2008 Assembly in Ireland.
The deadline for registration and questions is March 18, 2008, and the deadline for submissions is April 1, 2008. There is no fee to enter.
For more information, please visit www.easa008.ie/competition.html