LIGHTWEIGHT STRUCTURE | Bissagos Island, Guinea-Bissau
The project is to devise strategies for bringing simple structures to remote areas of the world for humanitarian purposes.
The central focus has been on creating school classrooms, but the concept of lightweight easily-deployed structures is equally applicable to other building types, such as clinics, community centers, and disaster-relief efforts.
The specific design criteria came from a non-profit foundation based in Portugal and Guinea-Bissau, whose primary purpose is to help bring educational opportunities to a remote region of islands off the west coast of Africa–the Bijagos Archipelago. The islands have a unique culture and environment, and many areas are protected as a UNESCO biosphere reserve because of the largely undisturbed and fragile ecosystem.
Bijagos Islands, Guinea-Bissau