Finalists Announced for the Open Architecture Challenge

Eight teams were recognized today as finalists of the 2009 Open Architecture Challenge: Classroom. Finalists submitted designs ranging from an outdoor classroom for children in inner-city Chicago, learning spaces for the children of salt pan workers in India, safe spaces for youth in Bogota, Colombia, a bamboo classroom in the Himalayan mountains. Congratulations to the eight teams!

The competition finalists:

Project: Adaptable Hillside Classrooms


Design Team: Feilden Clegg Bradley Studios & AfH UK

Partner/ Location: Bunyonyi Community School, Kabale, Uganda

Project: Bamboowood School


Design Team: Petr Kostner, Martina Sobotkova, Sona Huberova, Czech Republic

Partner/ Location: Antarastriya Yuba Barsais, Kavre, Central Nepal

Project: Classroom for the saltpan community, Cohesion Foundation


Design Team: Rajesh Kapoor, Prashant Solanky, Bharat Karamchandani, Kiran Vaghela, Gujarat, India

Partner/Location: Cohesion Foundation, Kutch, Gujarat, India

Project: Teton Valley Community School


Design team: Section Eight Design, Idaho, United States

Partner/ Location: Teton Valley Community School, Victor, Idaho, United States

Project: A Sustainable Community Classroom


Design Team: Gifford, London, UK

Partner/ Location: Building Tomorrow, Uganda

Project: House In The Wood / Rowe Elementary School


Design team: Built Form, LLC / Northwestern University Settlement House, Chicago, United States

Partner/Location: Northwestern University Settlement House, Delavan, Wisconsin, United States

Project: Justified Architecture in a Landscape of Transformation


Design Team: Arquitectura Justa – Wolfgang Timmer, Fabiola Uribe, T. Luke Young, Bogota, Colombia

Partner/ Location: Waldorf Educational & Social Organization, Ciudad Bolívar, Bogota, Colombia

Project: Blurred Classroom


Design team: Gensler, New York, United States

Partner/ Location: Future Leaders’ Institute, New York, New York, United States



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