Archive for March, 2010

Vocational School in Cambodia

We have just returned from the field trip to Cambodia. Me and Anssi Kankkunen are designing a vocational school for a relocated community in Udong, 50 km outside of the capital Phnom Penh.

The community has been evicted from an informal settlement in Phnom Penh and relocated on an empty site in Udong. They lack basic infrastructure, shelter and jobs. We are designing a vocational school to provide professional training to the people in order to give them work in the new rural setting. We are also developing two house prototypes for the families.

The first design of the vocational school was done on a narrow site provided by the community. However, this site turned out to be too narrow for a building permission and the community leader arranged us another one. Now we are designing on the new site and really hoping to be able to build the school after some fundraising.

Here are images of the first design:

Udong exterior.

Udong interior 1

TU-PA design collective founded

The workspace project that I initiated last autumn is finally starting to be ready. The working name “Koetila” has changed as I found a beautiful space in an old customs building Tulli- ja Pakkahuone in Katajanokka, Helsinki. From the building’s name we adopted the name TU-PA for our design collective.

We are now a group of  seven designers working in the space.  Public School Helsinki (helsinki.thepublicschool.org) organizes events regularly in the space, and a comic artist’s club meets there weekly. There are also occasional exhibitions and events. We hope that the space will accommodate more functions and people after some time!