Architecture, Construction, Design non for profit, Design solution, Jordan, Modular architecture, Refugee crisis, Syrian refugees

Modular school to be built for 3000 children at Syrian refugee camp in Jordan

A school that is set to house 3,000 children is planned to be built at a Syrian refugee camp in Jordan, implementing a modular and re-deployable construction system. The system will allow refugees to assemble the building with no previous experience.

The project is being developed in collaboration with director of former design non-profit, Architecture for Humanity, Cameron Sinclair. The NGO filed for bankrupcy last year, with Sinclair moving to Airbnb, working on accommodating refugees through its platform.

Building Peace Foundation, an Italian non-profit organisation, is in charge of the construction of the building. The firm has already completed nine other such facilities at the Za’atari refugee camp as part of its Re:Build architecture project, including an arts and culture centre and several education and community spaces.

The project’s aim is to shift the standard approach of building refugee camps that allows members of the community to get involved.

For the current project, the Foundation collaborated with Sinclair and Iranian architect Pouya Khazaeli, founder of Rai Studio, on developing a construction system for modular and re-deployable buildings.

The structures do not require electricity or water to for construction, utilising low cost elements such as scaffolding poles as well as materials like gravel that are locally available. This allows the buildings to be dismantled in case of emergencies.

“Re:Build was created to put the community at the centre of the project,” Building Peace Foundation explained. “A team of 10 workers, lacking any knowhow, is capable of assembling a typical structure in two weeks, with the supervision of a Building Peace technician.”

“In the past two years since we started this adventure, BPF has shown that it is possible to achieve significant positive impact on the living conditions and wellbeing of refugees stuck in emergency situations for too long,” said co-founder and president Ilenia Moroso.

“We strongly believe it’s time to offer them more long-term housing solutions, especially schools and community spaces where they can start to rebuild their lives.”

The project has created more than 100 jobs for refugees since its inception.