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Graeme Bristol

THE CITIZEN ARCHITECT

MAY 2002

The solutions that the students devised generally improved on the orientation and the hierarchy of open space (see Figure 11).

Figure 11 - proposed block layout

Figure 12 - location of school in NE corner of camp site

In the end, the school was designed for approximately 600 children (see Figure 12). A compromise was made. The surveys indicated that the number of preschool children was closer to 10%. Still, at its peak capacity, the construction camp would have about 2500 children. Finances became a serious issue as well as space. Fr. Joe, the airport authorities and the Lighthouse Club (who were expected to fund at least part of the construction cost) decided that they would build for about 25% of that figure and hope for the best! In addition to the more general issues of density and standards, I wanted the students to begin to understand the conditions under which construction workers were living. These, after all, were the people who would be building 10

Citizen Architect 2002  

1. INTRODUCTION In January of 1998, I came to Bangkok to teach architecture. I came with some general intentions and with a set of ideas abo...

Citizen Architect 2002  

1. INTRODUCTION In January of 1998, I came to Bangkok to teach architecture. I came with some general intentions and with a set of ideas abo...

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