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ETHICS

 

 

At CAUKIN Studio we believe in the democratisation of design and design education.

Every person, community or place should be able to benefit from the quality of life and space that is achieved through informed design.

Every student or individual should have the opportunities to develop skills in the disciplines which they are passionate about.

We are an organisation centred around creating access to design and skill exchange opportunities for remote communities, architecture and design students, skilled professionals and humanity as a whole.

Our DESIGN, LEARN, EXPERIENCE projects are focused on delivering social centric solutions for NGOs working in communities worldwide, creating and strengthening mutually beneficial international networks with a passion for utilising their expertise for humanitarian and environmental purposes.

We saw a clear opportunity but also a challenge in how we could execute in a socially responsible manner, that did not take advantage of the people or places we interacted with.

When selecting projects, we ensure that every project meets our four core requirements:

  • The build has been requested and approved by community leaders.

  • The community leaders will be fully involved during the design and construction process.

  • Sensitivity is taken when choosing projects to see if we are best positioned to offer a solution.

  • Skill exchange opportunities are identified for both our international team and local communities.

Once a project meets these we work with the community and client to determine the project objectives :

  • Long term economic independence of the community and built structure.

  • Social function of the build for the community.

  • Low/positive environmental impact on the surroundings.

This process acts as a tool through which we can offer a targeted solution to the 5 project stakeholders:

The Community – A beautifully designed building that meets their socio-economic ambitions, whilst exchanging design and construction knowledge throughout the process.

The NGO - Achieve their altruistic / environmental objectives.

The International Participants – A practical, rich, tailored learning experience which directly relates to their personal and professional ambitions.

Corporate Sponsors -  Working on a pro-bono basis, are able to fulfil their CSR (corporate social responsibility).

CAUKIN Studio – Seeing all our partners achieve their personal aspirations is our raison d'être. It furthers our mission statement and facilitates future projects.

Each member benefits from a collaborative, inclusive process that meets their personal needs and acts as a precedent for a change in the status quo regarding design access and design education.

 
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OUR IMPACT

 

We believe in the importance of revisiting our projects and assessing the impact beyond the completion of the build. By evaluating the impact on the local community and the international participants we are able to determine whether our working methods fulfil our objectives.

We use the following criteria to form the basis of our post-completion evaluation:

  • Long term economic independence of the community and structure.

  • Social function of the build for the community.

  • Low/positive environmental impact on the surroundings.

  • The physical building durability and longevity.

  • How the building is being used.

  • Wider impact on local design and construction techniques.

  • Local community and international participants increased employability.

  • Increased knowledge, skill and cultural awareness for all involved.

 

FEATURED CASE STUDIES


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INCREASED ATTENDANCE - NAWENI KINDERGARTEN

Since completion in September 2017, the Naweni Kindergarten has seen numbers of children attending rise from 8 to over 30. The increased size, ventilation and natural lighting all contribute towards a higher quality learning environment that has attracted children from a number of different villages and settlements to attend. Not only is the kindergarten now at maximum capacity, but the children’s grades have progressed as well as their enthusiasm to learn and concentration in class.

This case study demonstrated to us the unexpected outcomes of undertaking such projects and the importance of designing in flexibility - the school could now benefit from an even larger space!

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INCREASED SALES - NAIDI COMMUNITY HALL

The Naidi Community Women’s group now have a place to gather, host discussions and work on their hand-made crafts. In the past, the women have sold their crafts individually outside their homes, but now that the new hall provides a dedicated space for these occasions the sales have increased significantly, providing a sustainable income for the families.

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LOCAL INITIATIVES - VIVILI COMMUNITY HALL

Joey, a local resident of Vivili village played a key role in the construction of the new community hall in 2017. As part of his commitment towards the project, Joey helped out on-site every day, contributing his local knowledge. Through the ongoing collaboration with the international participants, hybrid design solutions and new construction techniques were introduced to his building knowledge. As a result, Joey began his own construction company, offering his newly-improved skills in construction on projects in the surrounding villages.

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MEKE REVIVAL - SAVUDRODRO COMMUNITY HALL

After the completion of the Savudrodro Community Hall, the villagers have used the space to revive their Meke (traditional Fijian dance) and now perform at the local resorts. Prior to the completion of the hall, the Savudrodro Meke was only known by a handful of the villagers, but with the opening ceremony fast approaching, the community took it upon themselves to re-learn what had been forgotten. Our international participants got involved and danced alongside the men and women on the opening day.

 

Nemai Divuluki - Naidi Community Hall


Whilst working on the Naidi Community Hall, two members of our team stayed in the Miller Household. Nemai Divuluki has lived in this house for years and due to old age has become immobile. As a result, she had not left her house for 4 years. She's a highly respected woman in the Naidi Community and this video shows the day that we found an old wheelchair in the village to take Nemai to see the community hall being built in her village!