A School in the Making
Biennale Architettura 2018
Venice, Italy

Settled into the valley slope above the small village of Lavale and still a work-in-process, Avasara Academy is a residential school for young women in western India. Drawing on the resources, energy and enthusiasm generated by the Biennale Architettura 2018 we showed the work that has already been made and more importantly we created new spaces, objects, and ideas for the school. Initially presented in Venice, these proposals will eventually find their way home to the campus and the students for which they were imagined.

Bringing together a diverse group of builders, designers, farmers, artists, craftsmen, and engineers who share our belief that collaboration and empathy lie at the core of all good work, we have created moments of hospitality, social interaction, reflection, play, ritual, seclusion, performance, and comfort. Shown as representations and fragments of proposed interventions, they are elements to be woven back into the fabric of the built environment.

Evolving through a process of inclusion, collaboration, and thoughtful attention to both physical and social environments, we collect and share these artefacts and narratives in an attempt to show how Freespace can be expressed through the experimental practice of making a school.

Made possible with the support of
Creative Industries Fund NL
Transsolar KlimaEngineering
Nakashima Woodworkers
The Leadership Foundation of India
McKinsey for Children
LUAB Murano Gallery 4.0

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