Участникам предстоит спроектировать школу для удаленной от крупных населенных пунктов маленькой деревни в Индии. «Минимальная» школа – в первую очередь, значит маленькая; также среди требований – минимальное количество ресурсов на возведение сооружения и минимальный уровень воздействия на окружающую среду.
Ladakh is a cold desert in India. Lying in the Great Himalayan Region, it has the mighty Karakoram Range in the North and in the south, it is bound by the Zanskar mountains. The area is remote: the main road linking Ladakh with the rest of India is cut off by snow for six months or more each year. It is one of the least populous areas of India and is largely rural in nature. The capital city of Leh is the biggest and only urban center in the greater Ladakh region. This is a high-altitude desert environment where water is precious. Agriculture and human settlements depend on water from snow melt, which flows towards the Indus River.
Traditionally, most Ladakhis were subsistence farmers growing mainly barley and vegetables, or they were nomads tending goats and yaks. The opening of a road in the 1960s linking Ladakh with the plains brought large numbers of tourism related activities to the region. Yet the area still lacks resources and there is a wide knowledge and skill gap between Ladakh and the rest of India. Cultural erosion, climate change and mindless urbanization calls for holistic educational development of Ladakhi children so that they can build this area for the future.
The aim of the competition, MINIMUM SCHOOL is to create a model sustainable school that creates a robust educational community in this remote area. The school shall be built on the foundations of local culture and architecture with an aim to provide high quality modern education. The school should celebrate and enhance Ladakhi traditions and establish a holistic educational and academic community.