ARCHITECTURE AS A TOOL FOR SUSTAINABLE DEVELOPMENT

SUSTAINABLE DESIGN

ENVIRONMENTAL DESIGN

SOCIAL DESIGN

ECONOMIC DESIGN

We are designing climate and landscape adjusted buildings with natural ventilation, sun and rain protection for functional use without need of assistances like power. Focus on function also keeps the sizes down.

We contribute with examples of design adjusted to life and traditions in the area, that with enhancements for better utilization of space, increased longevity of the building and improved learning and living conditions for the users, contribute to development within.

We are designing buildings within the local economical frames which include a combination of monetary and barter economy. The design is also created with local maintenance over time in mind. 

SUSTAINABLE MATERIALS

ENVIRONMENTAL MATERIALS

SOCIAL MATERIALS

ECONOMIC MATERIALS

We are mainly using local materials with a small environmental footprint like bamboo, timber and clay. With the exception of roof, concrete and iron, all materials are from the village, or even the site itself. Roof is chosen based on environment, ability to keep rain out and longevity. Concrete is used with care as slabs/foundation to be able to build with adobe. Iron is only used as reinforcement in cases of heavy load, otherwise bamboo is the preferred reinforcement material.

By using local materials and techniques in new and old manners, we contribute to lift functional traditional solutions and highlight their value in their culture. Most of all this is important towards the influence coming from the outside with a huge wish to leave something everlasting, without thought for use or maintenance.

Local materials bought in the village contribute to local economy and make it possible to maintenance the buildings within the same local economy over time.

SUSTAINABLE IMPLEMENTATION

ENVIRONMENTAL IMPLEMENTATION

SOCIAL IMPLEMENTATION

ECONOMIC IMPLEMENTATION

Through dedicated commitment within a confined field, in a small area over time, we have gained trust and respect and slowly built a position where we are listened too in a larger field and area then first approached. We are using our position to raise awareness of environmental issues, also outside of the building itself and can now demand the village to clean up their plastic waste and to have a system for plastic recycling in place before we will start any projects in the village. 

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. With a good standing, it is easier for the village to cooperate with us in the construction period. It gives opportunities for knowledge exchange and builds ownership to the schools that again increases the chance for more children to be sent there over time.

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.

SUSTAINABLE DESIGN

ENVIRONMENTAL DESIGN

We are designing climate and landscape adjusted buildings with natural ventilation, sun and rain protection for functional use without need of assistances like power. Focus on function also keeps the sizes down.

SOCIAL DESIGN

We contribute with examples of design adjusted to life and traditions in the area, that with enhancements for better utilization of space, increased longevity of the building and improved learning and living conditions for the users, contribute to development within.

ECONOMIC DESIGN

We are designing buildings within the local economical frames which include a combination of monetary and barter economy. The design is also created with local maintenance over time in mind. 

SUSTAINABLE MATERIALS

ENVIRONMENTAL MATERIALS

We are mainly using local materials with a small environmental footprint like bamboo, timber and clay. With the exception of roof, concrete and iron, all materials are from the village, or even the site itself. Roof is chosen based on environment, ability to keep rain out and longevity. Concrete is used with care as slabs/foundation to be able to build with adobe. Iron is only used as reinforcement in cases of heavy load, otherwise bamboo is the preferred reinforcement material.

SOCIAL MATERIALS

By using local materials and techniques in new and old manners, we contribute to lift functional traditional solutions and highlight their value in their culture. Most of all this is important towards the influence coming from the outside with a huge wish to leave something everlasting, without thought for use or maintenance.

ECONOMIC MATERIALS

Local materials bought in the village contribute to local economy and make it possible to maintenance the buildings within the same local economy over time.

SUSTAINABLE IMPLEMENTATION

ENVIRONMENTAL IMPLEMENTATION

Through dedicated commitment within a confined field, in a small area over time, we have gained trust and respect and slowly built a position where we are listened too in a larger field and area then first approached. We are using our position to raise awareness of environmental issues, also outside of the building itself and can now demand the village to clean up their plastic waste and to have a system for plastic recycling in place before we will start any projects in the village. 

SOCIAL IMPLEMENTATION

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. With a good standing, it is easier for the village to cooperate with us in the construction period. It gives opportunities for knowledge exchange and builds ownership to the schools that again increases the chance for more children to be sent there over time.

ECONOMIC IMPLEMENTATION

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.

GYAW GYAW SUPPORT THE SUSTAINABLE DEVELOPMENT GOALS