Gansu Studio: 'Plug-in' school unit for rural China

Rosangela Sousa Tenorio, Tong Yang, Bruno Oro

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Gansú ‘Plug-in’ Studio was a community outreach project
based in China developed over a course of 2 years (2014-2016). It
proposed a complementary approach of education to improve quality
of learning in primary schools in rural areas. The premise for the
work was to engage higher education institutions such as UNNC
and primary education institutions, such as HEPAN, by exchange
of resources, (e.g. physical or human - staff and students as well as
contexts as real opportunities for learning). It worked using design as
a tool for development and environmental awareness. It worked in
partnership with industry and government institutions and it involved
over 120 students and 15 staff from 5 different areas (Architecture,
Product Design, Environmental Engineering, Film Studies and
English/Education). Through interactive workshops with academics
and industry practitioners, UNNC students were guided to realise
their ideas through innovative design and sustainable engineering
solutions, also developed their communication and team working
skills for real to help rural education and community development.
Asia/AméricaLatina, vol. 4, n° 6 (2019), pp. 13 - 44.
Meanwhile, pupils and teachers in rural areas could develop
sufficiently as their urban counterparts through this connected learning
hub. The purpose of this paper is to discuss the processes and
outcomes of Gansu Studio. The Plug-in Gansu Unit was designed to
be the first net positive energy rural school building in China producing
an estimated 18304 kWh/year of renewable energy to the school
and reverting back to the county grid an annual extra clean energy
2304kWh/annum upon completion. An estimated 22 tons of water per
year would be also saved.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)13-44
JournalRevista Asia America Latina
Issue number6
Publication statusPublished - Apr 2019
Externally publishedYes


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