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2009 Awards Jury Commendation for Innovation Entries



Maosi Ecological Demonstration Primary School, Qingyang, Gansu Province 

The Maosi Ecological Demonstration Primary School is located in a village in Gansu Province, northwest China. The new school is an ecologically friendly complex of five buildings constructed using traditional mud-brick building techniques. The forms of the buildings recall the traditional dwellings of the area, while providing a modern, well-lit and pleasant classroom atmosphere. The new school is intended to replace the cave that was in use previously as the village school, which was heated with harmful and ecologically-unsound coal.