African Design Magazine December 2015 - Page 61

International project Baan Huay San Yaw DISASTER On May 5, 2014, a strong earthquake of 6.3 Richter struck Chiang Rai Province in the north of Thailand, destroying 73 schools and affecting over two thousand students. Through the initiation of a nonprofit network named Design for Disasters (D4D), a post -disaster recovery program was launched to design and build nine new earthquake resistant school buildings in the most affected areas. N ine emerging Thai architects were assigned to design new school buildings, one for each school. The Engineering Institute of Thailand and The Consulting Engineers Association of Thailand provided the engineering support. Thai Contractors Association linked the team to construction companies while the Association of Siamese Architects assisted in providing technical support and gathered public donation in the form of funding and construction materials through its network. Vin Varavarn Architect’s assigned school was Baan Huay Sarn Yaw School. The school needed three new standard classrooms for secondary students who come from tribal families. The design requirements specified that the building must be earthquake resistant, easily constructed by local workers and requiring as low budget as possible. Most of the selected 61