A Bridge Too Far - an ecological experience with students and their hands
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AbstractIn 2000, a small team of investigators went to North West China and conducted survey studies of a few remote village of the loess plain. It was during the study that the dire need for a simple bridge to cross the river, which bisects a village, became apparent. Two years ago, a mother and her son were washed away, their corpses were found six days later. Less tragically, students from the opposite side will not be able to attend school for months. Something needed to be done. With little resources, a simple bridge is needed. It has to be cheap, simple, able to withstand flooding (up to 5 metres), easy to repair and maintain, and easy to build. In 2003, the project was dubbed "A Bridge Too Far". A Bridge Too Far is an experiment with students on ecological architecture - to save life and to demonstrate the ideas of ecological and sustainable architecture and village infrastructure. Eighteen months of design and planning, students, professionals, volunteers and villagers joined hands and built the bridge in six days in 2005. The "A Bridge Too Far" project is a design, research, as well as a learning exercise with student participation. Through using their hands, and living with the villagers in a natural setting, they appreciate the beauty of nature and the importance of sustaining it.
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Name of ConferenceOxford Conference on 50 Years On - Resetting the Agenda for Architectural Education
Start Date of Conference22/07/2008
End Date of Conference23/07/2008
Place of ConferenceOxford
Country/Region of ConferenceGreat Britain
Detailed descriptionorganized by University of Oxford,
Year2008
Month1
Day1
PublisherWIT PRESS
Pages189 - 193
ISBN978-1-84564-206-8
LanguagesEnglish-United Kingdom
Keywordsbridge; ecological architecture; student participation
Web of Science Subject CategoriesArchitecture; Education & Educational Research

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