Winner of a World Community Architecture Award 2008.
Vesna Trobec helped to master-plan, design, and build, a series of buildings at a new in-land village that had moved from a previous location due to frequent flooding. Together with a team she designed and constructed an aid post, a maternity house, a community training hall, a public laundry, ventilated pit toilets, safe drinking water collection facilities and a new main road.
Vesna Trobec obtained a deeper knowledge of alternative living, housing, and construction (such as traditional Papua New Guinean weaving) that she brings into her design practice in Sydney.
“We strove for an architecture of process: a process of learning and participation of both students and the community, and of valuing both local and foreign knowledge in finding creative solutions.”
27 architecture students from Australia and Papua New Guinea spent months working with the village community of Labu-tale, Morobe Province, Papua New Guinea, to design and construct a health centre and other associated works.
The project was organised and run entirely by students.
Location: Labu Tale village, west coast Papua New Guinea
Comprised: aid post, maternity house, community training hall, public laundry, ventilated pit toilets, safe drinking water collection facilities, a new main road