An opening reception for the Ghana Design/Build Studio 2008 Exhibition will be held at 5 p.m. Friday, Oct. 3, in the Cage Gallery, Alumni Hall.
The Ghana Design/Build Studio is the department of architecture and interior design's longest running summer studio workshop, established and directed by Gail DellaPiana more than 13 years ago and since 2006 directed by J. Elliott. It has been based in the village of Abrafo-Odumase, Ghana, for the last nine years and has provided the village with a library, an outdoor reading room, permanent market shelters, a community center in two phases and a guest house, among other structures.
For the 2008 studio, students designed a classroom with an attached office that will ultimately be used to teach computer skills to local students, as well as adults from the village. "While adhering to and respecting many of the regional design tenets the students gleaned from a tour of the country, their building attempts to introduce design solutions and construction techniques that might broaden the local approach to building," Elliott said.
The Ghana Design/Build Studio 2008 exhibition runs through Oct. 29. For more information contact J. Elliott at firstname.lastname@example.org.