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EAA held village workshops which combined
classroom instruction and practical demonstration
to teach communities in the Solomon Islands
proper earthquake resistant building techniques. 
EAA also distributed toolkits and a manual with
six standard construction details.
Where: Ranongga, Simbo, Choiseul, and the
Shortland Islands
Who: Workshops were held in 70 villages, and materials
were distributed for 6,000 homes. 353 villagers
attended the workshops in Choiseul alone.
How: With help from World Vision, Caritas, and the
French Red Cross
Classroom instruction taught villages the six standard construction details using local materials, as well as how to safely straighten houses using block and tackle jackingClassroom instruction also discussed the dangers of asbestos and and how to develop practical and proactive earthquake resistant characteristics for the construction of housesCombined with classroom instruction was more hands on demonstrations
EAA also helped to build 2 demonstration shelters, using the techniques learned in the classroom
The construction of one demonstration shelter is just beginning in this photoThe shelter with the framing completed
The completed shelter

EAA was asked by the SI Ministry of Education,
Human Resources, and Development (MEHRD)
to work with local engineers and school principals
to design classroom prototypes in conjunction with
timber cutting lists so the materials for the
classroom could be prepared locally.  Of these
prototypes, EAA constructed Ngari Community High
School, a single story double classroom with a
staff/storage room.  The prototype designs were
then further refined so future buildlings could be
even cheaper, then the designs were distributed to
the communities.  Several other schools have been
built by the communities since.
Where: Ghizo island
Who: 11 different Ngari communities will use the school
How: With help from MEHRD-EU Stabex, Relief and
Reconstruction Project, NZ Aid, Unicef, Northrop
Engineers, and Agencie Development Francaise
Awards: Ngari High School recieved a citation in the World
Architecture Community Awards
(PHOTO BY: RICHARD BRIGGS)The construction took place at Ngari on Gizo IslandThe design concept took into consideration natural ventilation, the relationship between formal and informal space, and circulation between spacesIn the first phase of the Ngari project, Ngari High School was constructed.  It has one story which contains two classrooms and a staff/storage room.The school was constructed using local timber which was milled by local chainsaw operators.
EA held weaving workshops in which the windows were hand woven by the local community.This allowed women to become involved in the construction, therefore increasing the communties sense of ownership towards the project.
The form of the school came from the local tradition of elevated 'leaf' houses.Leaf houses have a roof made from traditional sago palm leaves which grow wild on most pacific islands.
EA held a
EAA continued to develop prototypes, this time for
school facilities such as dormitories.  Four
prototypes were constructed: a boys dormitory, a
girls dormitory and mess hall, a staff house, and
an ablution block type 3.  The intention is for these
designs to be repeated just like the school
prototypes were.
Where: Ghizo Island
Who: 11 different Ngari communities will use the school
How: With help from MEHRD-EU Stabex, Relief and
Reconstruction Project, NZ Aid, Unicef, Northrop
Engineers, and Agencie Development Francaise

Interview with Richard Briggs Interview with Richard Briggs (277 KB)

In the second phase of the Ngari project, a girls dormitory, boys dormitory, ablution block, and staff house were constructed.(PHOTO BY: RICHARD BRIGGS)CAD drawings for the boys dormitoryThe boys dormitory under construction. (PHOTO BY: RICHARD BRIGGS)(PHOTO BY: RICHARD BRIGGS)
The completed boys dormitory  (PHOTO BY: RICHARD BRIGGS)(PHOTO BY: RICHARD BRIGGS)(PHOTO BY: RICHARD BRIGGS)CAD drawings for the girls dormitoryThe girls dormitory under construction  (PHOTO BY: RICHARD BRIGGS)The girls dormitory also included a mess hall.  (PHOTO BY: RICHARD BRIGGS)
The completed girls dormitory.  (PHOTO BY: RICHARD BRIGGS)CAD drawings for the staff house.The staff house under construction.  (PHOTO BY: RICHARD BRIGGS)(PHOTO BY: RICHARD BRIGGS)
The completed staff house.  The first three buildings took 41 weeks to complete.(PHOTO BY: RICHARD BRIGGS)(PHOTO BY: RICHARD BRIGGS)EA also aided in constructing bunk beds for the dormitorys.CAD wall section for the staff houseAll the buildings were constructed with local timber which was milled by local carpenters.  (PHOTO BY: RICHARD BRIGGS)
(PHOTO BY: RICHARD BRIGGS)(PHOTO BY: RICHARD BRIGGS)(PHOTO BY: RICHARD BRIGGS)There was a nice combination of new and old tools used in the construction process.  (PHOTO BY: RICHARD BRIGGS)EA was keen to involve youth in the project, in hopes that it would encourage proper building techniques for the future.  (PHOTO BY: RICHARD BRIGGS)(PHOTO BY: RICHARD BRIGGS)
EAA designed and built 5 staff houses, with the
hopes of training youth to build and encouraging
the community to return from their squatter camps.
The houses are prototypes to guide
future construction.
Where: The Gilbertese Community
Who: The Gilbertese were one of the worst hit
communities, and they are also a minority group
in the Solomon Islands with significant social
How: With help from MEHRD
(PHOTO BY: RICHARD BRIGGS)The damage in the Gilbertese Community was severeUNICEF and EA joined forces to help out
With the help of 15 architecture students from the
University of Queensland and 2 from the University
of Lae, EA trained and assisted a community in
building ventilated pit latrines.  The students were
divided into 7 zones, and each zone completed 2
latrines in 2 weeks.  Afterwards, the students
designs were refined, and the project became community led.  The communities have continued to build latrines themselves every year, without student help.
Where: The Island of Ranongga
Who: Over 50 latrines have been completed in various
communties in the area
How: With funding from EA and Partner Housing Australia
 More:  Click here to download the student's project
report and Click here to listen to an interview
with one of the students.
In designing latrines, the architect plays a role in eliminating flies and smell, therefore reducing flies in the whole village  (PHOTO BY: RICHARD BRIGGS)The latrine designs combined local, safe, and strong earthquake resistant building practices.The latrines are built by the communities themselves, with EA serving as a mentor and verifier for funding.Partner Housing has committed AUD 20,000 per year for materials and costsThe students on the first latrine trip were really immersed in the culture, even learning some of the local language
The first week consisted primarily of digging holes for the latrinesThe second week saw the groups consolidating the relationships they were developing with their team, and increasing their cross cultural experience.Each zone personalized their toilet with the design of door locks and handles, the addition of fascia boards to the roof structure and in one dedicated zone landscaping of the surround areas with flowers, timber lined paths and hedges.Despite mud, and rain, long walks carrying through the bush, new foods, lack of places to charge their iPods and a 5am wake up call most morning courtesy of the children playing around the tents and the hot morning sun, the students......dedication to the project was unwavering, and their determination and enthusiasm to build and finish the latrines was as inspiration to the community of Keigold.
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