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Rebuilding Schools Sustainably | July 2008

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Director General Li Opens the Workshop

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Introduction of Post Earthquake Priorities

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US Design Team Members

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What It is All About

On July 24-27, 2008, the first design workshops and site visits were held in conjunction with the highly collaborative initiative to sustainably rebuild schools following the May 12 Sichuan earthquake. The goal is to deploy sustainable design guidelines and standardized system design methods as a protocol to be used in the construction of new schools in the Sichuan earthquake recovery area and, as a catalyst construct a pilot school using the protocol.

The design workshops and site visits were organized by the China US Center for Sustainable Development and hosted by the Ministry of Housing and Urban-Rural Development, led by Director General Li Bingdi. Members of the Design Team were represented by Wen Zhao of Zimmer Gunsul Frasca Architects, Qi-Song (Kent) Yu of Degenkolb Engineering and Bill Hart of Carleton Hart Architecture.

For more information about the Design Workshops and the Rebuilding Sustainable Sichuan Schools Campaign – including how you can help, please contact Joe Marcotte (1-503-279-9383) in the US and Mr. Ping ZHONG (86-10-5888-4849) in China.

A slide show introduction to the initiative is also available.