You may already be familiar with TYIN Tegnestue, the nonprofit architecture practice that works with architecture students from the Norwegian University of Science and Technology (NTNU), on humanitarian and sustainable building projects like the Safe Haven Library or the Soe Ker Tie House. Having worked mainly in Thailand, the group has now launched a new project in Sumatra, Indonesia to design and build a Training Center for Cassia Co-op, a fairtrade cinnamon producer. The group has also launched a blog that documents their progress, which seems like a great way for architects and architecture students to learn about the everyday issues encountered by a project like this one–from finding to the right materials, to working the community, to actually getting the thing built.

If you want to know more about TYIN’s work, check out this recent two-part interview by Elio Studio for Treehugger at Roots Architecture for WOMAD 2011, in which Andreas Gejertsen talks about how their studio functions and what they have learned from working in developing countries.

Tyin Tegnestue Interview at WOMAD 2011 from Elio Studio on Vimeo.

Tyin Tegnestue Interview at WOMAD 2011 (Part 2) from Elio Studio on Vimeo.

Photos via TYIN Sumatra

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