Learning from and in a building: the knitknot solution
In April 2016, knitknot — an international collective of architects, urban planners, artists, and thinkers — unveiled plans for a low-cost school. The design team were crowdfunding the project, and were seeking $24,000 to complete the scheme.
More than two years later, having secured the required funds, the architects behind the ambitious project have shared the first images of the school as it enters its second year of learning.
knitknot completed the school alongside local NGO Seeds of Learning. The school is located in El Jicarito, a tiny village of just 250 residents in Nicaragua.
Before the school was built, the rural community’s 27 children received classes in a makeshift hut. The nearest primary school was a 1.5 kilometer (1 mile) walk away along difficult roads. As a result, many children did not attend school or dropped out before they completed 6th grade.
The school comprises two classrooms, for kindergarten and elementary school students, as well as a multipurpose space and a shared playground.