Architektur als Social Design

Lanka Learning Centre


Now – Sri Lanka
Institut für Raumkonzeptionen und Grundlagen des Entwerfens
Prof. Markus Allmann, Matthias Both, Carolin Lintl, Felix Lupatsch, Valentin Ott, Špela Setzen, Noemie Thiele, Felix Yaparsidi

Students: Philipp Bauer, Lisa Brinks, Qiuwen Chen, Ileana-Roxana Dan, Eileen Dorer, Ju-Hyung Han, Yun Hou, Christian Kampik, Johanna Köhler, Yuanyaun Li, Yahui Lu, Esther Jiménez Ruiz, Veronika Schuhbach, Heiner Wolfsberger, Long Xu, Yifan Zhang, Juliane Zindel


In cooperation with the aid organization S.T.E.P.S. e.V. from Greifswald and partner organization People Helping People Foundation from Sri Lanka ideas for an education and meeting center were developed.

The aim was to create a place where disadvantaged children of different ethnic and religious affiliations come together and where a better future can be achieved through access to education and common sport activities.

An essential starting point for the development of the center was an interdisciplinary field study with a workshop organized and conducted by the students in Sri Lanka with 80 participants. Here all participants – Children & adolescents, parents, teachers, educators and faith leaders from all religions – had the opportunity to express their ideas and aspirations to the Lanka Learning Center in open work groups.

The following spaces and activities should be possible:
_ for children a free offer of special education, spot for various sports activities
_ for young people / young adults certified vocational training & life orientation
_ psychological support for parents, widows and single women & continuing high school  courses
_for all together: peace work across all social barriers & an annual children’s festival with approx. 2500 children for all denominations and ethnicities from all over Sri Lanka.

Eight student projects were developed. Each of them translates the context and wishes of the users into an appropriate architecture.

The final project was planned by feat.collective and completed in 2016. The local social, climatic and economic conditions define the choice of building materials, the form of the center and the implementation of the project.