BECOME A MAKER
Together with YOU! The next generation of young nepalese architects, the FUTURE CLASSROOM CHALLENGE aims to collectively design an
extension of the Shree Shiladevi primary school. Four classrooms have been designed and built by Supertecture already but this time, is on YOU to come up with a design. Supertecture opens up to reach out for your ideas and put them into practice. The prize is a search for innovative and visionary architectural concepts that explore new learning- and building strategies. Together, we will realise one prototype to “learn how to learn” together - in a rural but soon - urban context. In the course of global phenomena, the first steps of the competition will take place online.
WHO WE ARE
Supertecture is a think-tanktask-force for the realisation of social community buildings with young students and professionals from all over the world. Through our non-profit practices in the field of architecture, design and civil engineering, we want to make a meaningful change in the real world. Supertecture is a growing voluntary movement that is priceless in a double sense.
We are longing for architectural quality with a high level of detail, joy, innovation, supervision and thirst for adventure - a passion that could not be financially compensated in its respective contexts. Our salary is the possibility to serve unprivileged communities with doing what we are in love with.
“ARCHITECTURE IS A SUPER-POWER”
We believe it can transform, protect, energise and change society. Aware of the underestimated general "super-power of architecture ©" we feel responsible for serving biggest basic public and social needs worldwide with our individual desire and our powerful profession. Since 2018 we are operating in the small Village Dhoksan where we found a lovely community to collaborate with, witnessing the huge creative potential of the nepalese people.
Unlike other architecture competitions, we will not give you a crazy amount of rules to stick to. The global pandemic has shown that within a very short time, everything can change. Our
generation has to evolve and adapt to be able to react on todays quickly changing situations.
Think about different ways how the established image of a classroom can be re-thought. It is about daring to look into the future and experiment with design and materials.
Go beyond the ordinary and think about fictive scenarios for the future!
Imagine a world without classifications into students and teachers. You may question all established roles, structures and hierarchies which are usually present in the classroom or in the world of architecture! It can also be a speculative design.
Go big! Go wild!
During the process, numerous questions arise that you may consider:
- Where do you see the profession of an architect in the future?
- How can a classroom make all classes of the population participate in education in a radically inclusive way?
- What types of knowledge are appropriate or conceivable?
- What added value is created for users, neighbours and the village community by realising your idea?
- What needs will school spaces of the future have to meet against the background of changing living conditions, new everyday cultures and an increasingly diverse society?
- What role does public space play?
- What role do innovative technologies play?
- From and with whom would you like to be taught or teach yourself in the future?
- What content are you missing in nepalese schools?
- What would you like to learn?
Your individual design solution should investigate and experiment with materials that react to your position and responses to one or many of the following topics: local, regional, traditional,
recycled, reproducible, adaptable, undervalued
Explore new ways to trace, treat, collect, dismantle or combine your dream material. Also bear in mind the techniques, resources, space and infrastructure to collect or produce new building materials on site. Develop creative concepts, innovative models and have fun! There is no need to be constrained by construction industries! This time, you decide what to build instead of just picking out of the storage shelf.
The Shree Shiladevi primary school is situated on a hill, overviewing the mountain village Dhoksan. Alike many villages around the area of Sankhu, local inhabitants are very well connected, many
are sharing the identity of Tamang culture and language. Along the road from Kartike to Jaharsing Pauwa (famouse for its picnic area) you will find Supertectures finished school extension on your
left, and the building lot of the first Supertecture Hotel Lodge.
Even though the settlement seems small, the community managing the school is much larger, counting almost 1000 people. Regular board meetings with the villagers representatives even during the lockdown ensures an ongoing communication between Supertecture and the locals. Soon after the inauguration of the school extension in 2019, it became clear that there is need for even more schooling space as the population grows quickly.
More and more children are longing for proper qualifications. The given plot measures around 10 by 5 Meters, facing the south/west facade of the existent school building. You may react on the context, you may also create your own. Dhoksan´s community is considering to extend the project after the future classroom has been built. These plans are marked in yellow color in dwg, dxf and pfd plans.
The competition seeks to start an ongoing conversation in between all nepalese architecture faculties. Therefore, instead of only one, we search for 30+ finalists! The 3 most interesting designs from every participating university will be invited to receive the price of 20.000 Rupees.
If global and local conditions allow, this will happen during an award ceremony in Kathmandu. Here the students themselves democratically choose the best design of each University to form the
team of initiators.
They will be invited to the great on-site building workshop and encouraged to start the first association of nepalese architecture students. All final designs will be exhibited in a public space in Kathmandu which will be announced before the award ceremony. To embody your work in an adequate way, we ask you to submit 6 images that will later be put into a cubic format. This format allows us to make the exhibition become a spacial installation that can turn into a flexible tool and go travel around the country and the globe.
The elected “future classroom allstar team” takes part in a design workshop together with Supertecture to collectively create one final design which will be build this year. United, we will put
research and design proposals into practice for the period of several days. From this point on we seek to collectively work on the construction not only with the initiators team but all nepalese
young architecture students.
The schedule is provisional and contingent on the global development of the ongoing Covid-19 pandemic. Travel and other building activities are subject to being postponed to 2022.
The future classroom challenge is dedicated to all nepalese students of architecture. Contributions from related fields like design, engineering, urbanism and social studies are also more than welcome - mixed student groups are possible with maximum 4 group members.
Based on the concept of a cube, submissions must contain 6 square images measuring 25 x 25 cm, 300dpi and a physical model or material tryout with a maximum size of 25 cm x 25 cm.
The images should have the following content:
1. Image: graphic concept showing your future schooling idea Your vision, critique, comments and concepts - what is your design is about?
2. Image: graphic concept showing your material idea
3. Image: photography of your physical model (25 x 25cm)
4. Image: visualisation of your building EXTERIOR
It can be everything from rough to detailed sketches by hand, axonometric
or perspective views to 3D rendering. Make your idea clear and visible!
5. Image: visualisation of your classrooms INTERIOR
6. Image: Titel + description in text not more than 250 words
The submission can be individual or in teams. There’s no individual registration process needed and no fee. Submissions must be written in
All the submissions must be electronically sent to SUPERTECTURE to firstname.lastname@example.org
The 6 files must be in format jpeg, png or pdf of 25 x 25 cm, resolution of 300dpi, not bigger than 10 megabyte all together. Submissions exceeding this limit can be uploaded to any sharing platform / cloud as well, then the download link must be provided via e-mail.