Through locally anchored and long-term commitment to a defined area, we know the cultural and legal frames and can include a broad variety of villagers and local stakeholders for a sustainable development, bottom-up.

With our own organization as an example, we also lift democracy and work for equal human rights in an area where strong hierarchies are the norm.

All with the goal to build upon existing education systems and do no harm.

 

DEMOCRATIC ORGANIZATION AND FOCUS ON HUMAN RIGHTS
LONG TERM COMMITMENT AND INCLUDING PROCESS
ARCHITECTURE AS A TOOL FOR SUSTAINABLE DEVELOPMENT

SUSTAINABILITY

‘development that meets the needs of the present without compromising the ability of future generations to meet their own needs’.

World Commission on Environment and Development’s 1987 Brundtland report ´Our Common Future`

SOCIAL SUSTAINABILITY

Gyaw Gyaw is working for equal human rights, using our own organization as an example of a small social democracy. 

We respect local structures and involve a majority of stakeholders in every community to build long-term collaborations across established lines.

ENVIRONMENTAL SUSTAINABILITY

Our design is landscape and climate adjusted.

The buildings are placed according to the landscape, sun and dominant wind and rain direction and designed for natural airflow and light inside, without allowing for direct sunlight and rain to enter.

ECONOMIC SUSTAINABILITY

The villages we work are mostly in a mix between barter and monetary economy. We can offer local salary for the ones who contributes, but just as much is lunch for all during the process. By using local materials and techniques, we are also encouraging further use of local materials, also for different NGO`s and its alike.

By involving the village in the process, leaving decisions up to their leaders and play along with their internal structure, we can lift the school and education within its frames and contribute to an internal and steady development over time.  

All materials are local and used with a holistic environmental approach. The majority is natural materials like adobe, bamboo and timber, but roof and concrete for slabs/shoes for posts are consciously bought from the nearest town to increase functionality, extend longevity and ease maintenance for the villagers.

Our design is based on traditional building habits and local use. Long-term commitment to a confined area and close collaboration with future users, also allows us to revitalize local traditions, and demonstrate improved functionality within the local context.

 

SOCIAL SUSTAINABILITY

Gyaw Gyaw is working for equal human rights, using our own organization as an example of a small social democracy. 

We respect local structures and involve a majority of stakeholders in every community to build long-term collaborations across established lines.

By involving the village in the process, leaving decisions up to their leaders and play along with their internal structure, we can lift the school and education within its frames and contribute to an internal and steady development over time.  

ENVIRONMENTAL SUSTAINABILITY

Our design is landscape and climate adjusted.

The buildings are placed according to the landscape, sun and dominant wind and rain direction and designed for natural airflow and light inside, without allowing for direct sunlight and rain to enter.

All materials are local and used with a holistic environmental approach. The majority is natural materials like adobe, bamboo and timber, but roof and concrete for slabs/shoes for posts are consciously bought from the nearest town to increase functionality, extend longevity and ease maintenance for the villagers.

ECONOMIC SUSTAINABILITY

The villages we work are mostly in a mix between barter and monetary economy. We can offer local salary for the ones who contributes, but just as much is lunch for all during the process. By using local materials and techniques, we are also encouraging further use of local materials, also for different NGO`s and its alike.

Our design is based on traditional building habits and local use. Long-term commitment to a confined area and close collaboration with future users, also allows us to revitalize local traditions, and demonstrate improved functionality within the local context.

 

GYAW GYAW SUPPORTS THE UN SUSTAINABILITY GOALS