Wednesday, March 4, 2009

new Photo of the structure!

hello to everyone.
Today we took pictures of the structure built in Venice.
Congratulations to all!

gio dv.

Dear Friends of Ivory Park,

together we can, is a good way of putting it!
WE CAN, this has been more than demonstrated!!

It was great to see, all of you, working together and building the classroom,
and if we consider where we started and what difficulties we had,
an amazing job has been done, CONGRATULATIONS to all of us!!!

and the good news is that through this workshop, we had the possibility to
define all details for the timber structure and we are able to
produce the final drawings for the building site!!

Giorgio and Lollo just finished to take some pictures
of the structure at Morion, and they will add them to our blog,

Chiara and Gaia have translated the presentation into italian,
for better communication with italian sponsors (please send soon!!!)

Annika has translated the documents for medical info and
the liability document which I will send out to everybody soon!

so, in this way everybody is more than busy in trying to get more money
and help to make the project happen as planned!!

best regards and speak to you all soon,


Monday, January 5, 2009

design guide lines

another intense working phase

we met before christmas in vienna to continue our work and discuss our aims on social and ecological issues. we had a guest from the african studies aswell and some good news from italy for the 1:1 workshop which will take place end of february in venice IUAV.
we fixed design guidelines and foundation plans. the design changed a bit to reduce the amount of wood and using more local technics like bricklaying.
a big issue is the landscape stripe program that will mesure the water, provide semi private playgrounds, meetingplaces and shade.

Tuesday, October 7, 2008

some more design ideas


more than 2000 kids _involve?
every kid brings
-a piece of corrugated metal sheet
-plastic bags to weave into a waterproof structure
(waht else can you weave?)

coloured paper bricks

any more ideas ?
how does it look from inside ?
how does the service block look like?
and how the "flying roof" ?
what about the connecting landscape inbetween?

just keep on playing !

Sunday, September 28, 2008

the project

The classrooms are designed in a way that they generate a playground, open and intimate towards the inside and with the vertical closure towards the outside giving security for the entire complex of classrooms. The setting of the buildings is defined by an orientation that enables protection against the hot summer sun, and gets the much lower sun rays during winter for passive heating. The entire building is designed to respond to sustainable criteria, such as local building materials, used in an efficient way, using natural heating and cooling for an ideal climate in summer and winter without additional requirements. The structure of the buildings is an innovative timber frame, enabling high flexibility for the layout of the buildings. The facades of the classrooms can be realised in a series of materials in order to respond to the possibilities and availability of materials in the township.

what its all about

a project focused as much on process as on object

With the involvement of volunteer students from Europe and the partner institutions in SA design and build a sustainable grade ‘R’ school as a community project in the Ivory Park township north of Johannesburg/South Africa.

Who we are:

20 volunteer students from 5 Architectural Faculties (Vienna, Salzburg, Trieste, Venice, Florence) and from the International Development Faculty of Vienna, under the leadership of Dustin Tusnovics, from the Technical University of Vienna, who has already realized two design and build projects in South Africa and Marlene Wagner as assistant.
The partners in South Africa are the NPOs Education Africa and Shanduka – Adopt a School Foundation who have identified the project for the Kanana Primary School.

How we do it:
As the entire project is based on volunteers dedicated to an idea, the project can only be realised with the help of donors and sponsors. The students pay for travel and transport from/to South Africa and within, plus the costs for food and beverages,
our partner NGOs will find sponsors for accommodation, do all the organisational work to make all this happen. Our aim is to create a transdisciplinary process by involving different educational institutions, local organisations and the community to provide an exchange of knowledge, skills and culture.
We are therefore looking for sponsors to finance the building costs for the realisation within the next year.