Bookmark 2.0 — Architecture Competition by UNI.xyz

UNI announces ‘Bookmark 2.0’ — Architecture Competition to Modular library challenge in rural India. in
Rajasthan, India — UNI.xyz

Fig: 1 — Online education services are only accessible by pricey equipment — An impression

Side-effects of a pandemic

Education has started moving forward through a different medium, but those who are far from it are left stranded. For the ones that depended on public libraries and schools to access education, transferring online has been a struggle. Children are made to depend on digital classroom methods and some of them belonging to the lower-income class, do not have access to the Internet or even a basic cell phone network.

They are the ones getting the short end of the stick and are forced to discontinue or simply sit back and wait for the unpredictable pandemic to be over.

Fig: 2 — Rural classrooms are not equipped with technology to shift to online mode — An impression

Access to education — a necessity

The lack of resources is a major issue that is propelled by the loss of jobs and income owing to the pandemic. With lockdowns, mandatory school closures have been announced for an indefinite period. Self-learning, as the last resort, is not possible due to the insufficient infrastructure in rural areas. These actions affect their mental health and put their future in jeopardy.

Education is often considered a luxury for people for the underprivileged, and the pandemic adds even more weight to these limitations.

How can design tip the balance in the remote regions with setups that empower children when the pandemic is over?

Fig: 3 — Education a need that should be accessible by all — An impression

Brief of the competition

Brief: The goal is to design a modular reading and learning space that is safe, compact, and socially conscious, built for children in a rural area.

The aim of the design will be to promote education and its access to the local community. The rural library will have more extensive activities that can be accommodated in multi-functional spaces. It must be a modular design that can be replicated in similar contexts around the world.

Design Objectives

  • Access — The design must be welcoming to all groups of users, with a people-friendly design.
  • Context — The structure must be suitable to the locality and the site conditions.
  • Evolution — Anticipating upgrades, expansion, or transformation with the future according to changing needs.
Fig: 4 — Site image

Site

The site is located in Kalasar, Rajasthan. It is a small village located amidst the various smaller village clusters that surround Bikaner, one of the bigger cities in Rajasthan. The village has a population of 2500 people and is at a distance of 17 km from the nearest city.

Area Programme

The dimensions of the facility will not exceed 20m x 20m. It can be placed anywhere on the site. These modules of this facility must be flexible and adaptable so that the size of the center can be altered as per other locations’ site constraints.

The remaining area will be used to build outdoor activity spaces that could be specific to the location given.

Find all the competition brief, terms, and other registration guidelines on this

page: Bookmark 2.0 | Educational Building Competition on UNI | About

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