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MANAWHARI LEARNING CENTER

2013

Ayeyarwady, Myanmar

The Manawhari Learning Center, located in the Ayeyarwady Region of Myanmar, was constructed with the local villagers of Manawhari. This provincial village suffers with poor sanitary conditions and educational opportunities, as disparity grows between cities as a consequence of democracy and globalization. Through construction and management, the project aims to improve of the local living environment, and also to empower the community and enhance their bonds. In order to make the construction as easy as possible, building components are kept to a minimum which simplifies the procedure. The building was constructed using only hammers and saws, since electricity was not available at the site. Veneer boards were used for structure and local materials such as bamboo were used for finishing, respecting both the local craftsmanship and building culture. We hope that this learning center will blend into the community.