Rebuilding Erupts in Cabo Verde

Post-disaster community reactivation facility

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    Rebuilding Erupts in Cabo Verde

    The Educational Complex in the community of Chã das Caldeiras, is a project that aims to be a catalyst for the re-development of the prior devastated community, whilst promoting both the use of locally available materials and the value education at all levels. The building of the school was a community endeavor from the design process to the build its users were involved on all levels from stating their demands and needs to pressing rammed volcanic rock.

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    Holcim Awards Bronze Middle East Africa and Global Holcim Awards Commendation

    Winner presentation Rebuilding Erupts - Post-disaster community reactivation facility, Chã das Caldeiras, Cabo Verde: Stuart Smith (left), Member of the Board of the Holcim Foundation & Director of Arup, Germany/UK; Leão Lopes (3rd from left) and winning team, M_EIA/Atelier Mar, São Vicente, Cabo Verde; Marilyne Andersen (2nd from right), Head of the Academic Committee of the Holcim Foundation, Member of all Regional/Global Holcim Awards juries 2020/21, Professor of Sustainable Construction Technologies, EPFL Lausanne, Switzerland; Meisa Batayneh Maani (right), Member of the Global Holcim Awards jury 2021, Member of the Board of the Holcim Foundation, and Founder and Principal Architect of Maisam Architects & Engineers, Amman, Jordan.

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    Rebuilding Erupts in Cabo Verde

    The complex gathers two educational levels in the same structure.

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    Rebuilding Erupts in Cabo Verde

    The community of Chã das Caldeiras has had a deep bond with the Volcano, whose crater they call home, for generations. Though it destroys part of their village every 100 years they always return, it is friend, not foe. After the most recent eruption, we worked with the inhabitants to aid a sustainable rebuilt and redevelopment of the village. This centered around the design and build of a school, the construction of which acted as a workshop; how to use volcanic rock as a construction material.

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    Rebuilding Erupts in Cabo Verde

    Timeline of the eruption.

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    Urban requalification in the community.

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    Educational Complex and the rebuilding of the community.

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    The Educational Complex as a catalyst for social development.

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    Phasing of the Complex.

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    Responding to the climate of Chã das Caldeiras.

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    Using lava’s thermal properties in the climatic design of the school.

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    Building a volcanic vernacular.

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    A school in the making.

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    Rebuilding Erupts in Cabo Verde

    Leão Lopes and people from the community.

  • Awards Commendation 2020–2021 Global
  • Awards Bronze 2020–2021 Middle East Africa

By Leão Lopes - M_EIA/Atelier Mar, São Vicente, Cabo Verde and

Ideas: Embodied Carbon , Economic & Social Empowerment , Circular Materials & Building Components

An educational facility for the reactivation of community life following destruction by lava flows.

Rebuilding Erupts in Cabo Verde

Project authors

  • Holcim Awards Bronze Middle East Africa and Global Holcim Awards Commendation
    Leão Lopes

    M_EIA/Atelier Mar

    Cabo Verde

  • Rebuilding Erupts in Cabo Verde
    Teachers and Students

    M_EIA/Atelier Mar

    Cabo Verde

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