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2009 Open Architecture Challenge: Winners Announced!
Sarah Kuck, 9 Sep 09

Worldchanging ally Cameron Sinclair and the Open Architecture Network recently announced the winners of their 2009 contest to design the classroom of the future: Teton Valley Community School in Victor Idaho and Section Eight Design.


The winning classroom design...provides cost-effective and sustainable teaching spaces and extends the learning environment beyond the four walls of the classroom. Movable panels allow students to reconfigure their space as needed. The building itself is designed to be a learning tool. The mechanical room, a building component normally closed from view, can be seen from the science lab allowing students to learn how heating and cooling systems function first hand.

Architecture for Humanity and principal partner Orient Global (in collaboration with a consortium of other partners from around the world) will award the school USD $50,000 to undertake the planning and construction of the winning design, and Section Eight will receive a design grant of USD $5,000 to support the school. The school has begun a capital campaign to raise additional funds needed to build their new campus.

Video of the winner

Video of what the children of the school think

More than 1,000 teams registered from 65 countries. To view all recognized entries, click here.

Congrats to organizers and competitors alike!

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