Madagascar – Non-profit Thinking Huts has announced plans to construct a modular educational hub using 3D printing technology and locally-sourced materials.
Designed by agency Studio Mortazavi, the school will comprise a series of pods made with concrete aggregate, that will be 3D printed using recycled materials. By purposefully opting for a modular design, the size of the structure can be built according to the number of pupils attending the facility. Earth-friendly features of the Thinking Hut’s school include solar panels, compostable toilets, and a water catchment system.
With this inventive educational hub, Thinking Huts seeks to create a facility that serves those who have limited access to education. ‘There is an opportunity for us to combine technology with humanitarian-driven goals,’ says Maggie Grout, founder of the non-profit. ‘Education is at the root of tackling many problems the world faces. In order to cross the frontier, we must embrace innovation.’
By combining natural materials and technology, architects can create adaptable spaces that serve community needs. For more, read our interview with architect Vicente Guallart who discusses a new standard for urban living.