On April 25, 2015, an earthquake in Nepal killed more than 8,000 people, injured 20,000+, and wreaked havoc on the South Asian country’s infrastructure—displacing thousands and wiping away important buildings like hospitals and schools. In order to help with the aftermath of this catastrophe, New York-based SHoP Architects has partnered with Kids of Kathmandu and the Asia Friendship Network (AFN) to rebuild 50 public schools in areas that saw the most devastation.
The schools will go beyond their traditional purpose, ensuring that local communities as a whole will benefit from their construction while also serving as a prototype for, hopefully, future non-governmental organizations to build full-service schools in a safe and responsible way moving forward.
Here, we look at how this partnership will get the job done—eventually impacting the lives of 10,000 children—with sustainability and safety at the top of mind.
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