USI Pavilion | Building Reality Workshop 2016

MATERIA has sponsored and hosted the January 2016 ‘Building Realities’ University of Lugano’s USI Students Workshop in Mozambique at its project Benga Riverside, in connection with the Atelier Francis Kere.

The workshop has seen 20 students travelling across Mozambique for five weeks to explore MATERIA’s projects in the country and study the best possible local construction solution in terms of materials and climate sustainability. The workshop has involved over 60 people form the community of Benga, and has collectively designed and built a community centre located within our project Benga Riverside which is to be published across architectural and construction magazine and publications worldwide.

Additionally an international exhibition about this workshop is being organised in Geneva at the Musée international de la Croix-Rouge et du Croissant-Rouge and at the USI Campus.

The design and construction processes worked simultaneously as one inspired and derived from the other, resulting in the construction of a Community House responding to the prerequisites of local materials, environment and construction skills.

The Community House is currently being used to host a wood workshop that trains and teaches our local carpenters how to use the extremely high quality local hardwood for them to acquire a know-how making them best in the region.

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