Two weeks left to design the classroom of the future.

Posted by Cameron on Apr 21, 2009

Related program: 2009 Open Architecture Challenge

There are two weeks left to partner with a school in your community and register for the 2009 Open Architecture Challenge. Registrations are due by May 4th and entries must be submitted by June 1st.

10 million children lack safe and secure classrooms to learn. Schools from Aspen, Colorado to Mumbai, India to Kabul, Afghanistan have signed up for this unique initiative. This challenge is open anyone, all you need is a idea and a way to get it to us. A number of student led teams are not only showing their teachers a thing or two about creating the classroom for their future but are designing classrooms for children around the world through our building partners, like Orient Global/Rumi Schools of Excellence (India) and Building Tommorrow (Uganda).

The winning design team is awarded $5000 and the school they partner with earns $50,000 to improve their environment. There are also runners-up awards and over $20K in technical awards. Our incredible building partners will also implement a number of winning solutions.

Get involved, make a difference and let's work together design a better future.

Principal Partner - Orient Global

Challenge Sponsors - 50x15 Initiative, Autodesk, Bezos Family Foundation, Google SketchUp, Graham Foundation, Irvin Stern Family Foundation and The National Endowment for the Arts

Education Partners - Curriki and Global Nomads Group

School Building Partners - Building Tomorrow, Blazer Industries, The Modular Building Institute and Rumi Schools of Excellence

Challenge Partners - Aspen Institute, The Collaborative for High Performance Schools, Council of Educational Facility Planners International, Do Something, Dwell Magazine, Ethos, Global Green USA, Indian Architect and Builder and United States Green Building Council

Related Program

2009 Open Architecture Challenge

According to the World Bank, educating all children worldwide will require the construction of 10 million new classrooms in more than 100 countries by 2015. At the same time, millions of existing classrooms are in serious need of repair and refurbishment. We asked designers and architects to partner with students and teachers to envision the classroom of the future.