• Project CodeACSCL
  • Project NameActive School
  • LocationProject in Bohol, Philippines Testing in Boston, MA
  • ArchitectactLAB
  • TypeEducation, Research, Proposal

In response to the 2013 earthquake and typhoon that devastated the Philippines, the Active School was designed to innovate local construction methods and provide new classroom spaces for the 15,000+ students who lost their classrooms from the natural disaster. As part of the rebuilding process, actLAB, a New York-based collaborative architecture design group, is working to reconstruct two schools in the towns of Maribojoc and Loon. The prototype of the classroom is designed to redefine the basic unit of a classroom as a space of learning both formal and vocational education and a venue for community development.

Additional Information
The scope of work included structural and materials engineering services for the school prototype, utilizing locally grown bamboo as the primary structural material. A series of tests were conducted to evaluate the moisture content, mass per volume, shrinkage, compression, bending, shear and tension of various bamboo specimens.

Expertise Caption
Applied Research, Material Testing, Structural Design, Construction Engineering, Structural Investigation, Failure Evaluation