MIT Design/Build in El Salvador

SAP_Builds around the globe
May 4, 2010, 8:18 pm
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It’s been a while, but other SAP_Builds projects have still been going on despite the silence.  While we go through some administrative growing pains, check out the Cambodia workshop’s blog for news on the kitchen/dining pavilion they designed and built for the Ampil Peam school in Siem Reap.  That project is going to be getting some awesome press soon, and hopefully the El Salvador project will also get some recognition as well.

– eLo


and…we’re live!
April 5, 2009, 1:32 pm
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although we haven’t posted any developments as of late, things have still been busy back here at mit. the team is in the process of collecting documentation for the project and spreading the word about our efforts, in the hopes of building support for this sort of program to continue. this includes designing and putting together a website, assembling press releases, finding places to publish, etc.

here’s where we are so far with the website. it’s still definitely a work in progress, but any comments are welcome. we’re still refining the wording and getting documentation on projects from past years, but at least we now have web space and most of our formatting up, thanks to debbie and the rest of the web team.

– eLo

February 21, 2009, 8:13 am
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more detail shots from ron…


these drawings give an idea of what (i hope) they’re going to build around the corner from where we worked… this got sorted out after the group left. it’s basically some raised garden beds for vegetables, and a simple steel structure along the windows of the building (which i didn’t bother to draw) for vine plants (ron envisions cucumbers) to grow up and create a sun screen.

the water will flow along a channel on top of the retaining wall to a pool somewhere around the corner, where it will be pumped up to a tank and recirculated. the kids will be able to scoop water out of the channel with little buckets to water the garden.



it’s really getting there…
February 17, 2009, 11:09 pm
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perhaps we’re a little premature for a before/after, but here’s the latest from perkin, in contrast to the day we arrived about a month ago…

followed by a bunch of new shots from ron. it looks like all the tiling is done – they just need to hook up the pump system, and finish the lower wall and garden area, which will probably take a few more weeks… and plants and trees – hopefully coming along soon.




not left behind
February 14, 2009, 5:14 pm
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elo-img_3999last sunset before leaving amun shea

It’s nearing the start of week 3 in the spring semester, and although we’re no longer in El Salvador and our tans are starting to fade, Perquin is still on many of our minds.  We’re now in the process of compiling all the documentation from the project, from photos and hand sketches to final drawings and renderings of the finished plaza.

There’s also the task of writing reflection papers to get our thoughts and lessons learned down in ink rather than let them recede into the background.  John Ochsendorf, the faculty advisor for the project, is encouraging us to do it sooner than later, and hopefully in this way we’ll get the word out about what we’ve done and what we hope to do for the future.

I’ve been going through my notes and photos.  My sketchbook still has Salvadoran dust encrusted in the binding.  And the photos have a colorful vibrance to them that I miss, now being back in the dreary winter of Cambridge.  Hope we’ll be able to put everything together soon so we can \spread the word about the project and continue it for next year and beyond.

elo-img_4034bye…only for now!

– eLo

new photos from ron
February 12, 2009, 10:25 pm
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Hi all

Ron sent along some new photos of the work. These are from Tuesday morning.

last day.
February 4, 2009, 8:49 pm
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so here’s a collection of photos from our last day on the job – it was a long one… we managed to get everything done that we set out to do – all the pools are finished, tile is well underway, bench is in, lights on the pavilion are wired and ready to be installed… also we built a screen and bench for the pavilion up by the clinic, and ordered tiles for the floor. now it’s just up to the guys to finish up, we left with a strong sense that they, as well as ron, are committed to seeing it through.

it was a hectic but fun 5 days. we started eating breakfast and lunch with the boys in their little hideaway room behind the kitchen. this was great, we got to bond a bit, and the food was really nice, much more in line with what the local people actually eat, and fast.

it’s good to be home, i have to say. the past 24 hours were not a pleasant journey, mostly due to a bad lunch in san salvador on the way, coupled with complete exhaustion from being totally wrapped up in the project for the past two weeks.



this is the pavilion we built last year with new screen and bench