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China Invites World Architects to Design Solar Schools

An international architectural design competition for the so-called "Sun-lit Schools" was launched in Beijing on Wednesday, to seek solutions for solar-fueled school buildings in the countryside.

The contest is co-organized by the International Solar Energy Society (ISES) and the China Renewable Energy Society.

Contestants are required to design "Sun-lit" school buildings with reference to climatic conditions in earthquake-hit areas such as Maerkang and Mianyang, both in Sichuan Province.

Energy-efficient design is revolution for the architecture sector, a major energy consumer, according to Zhong Jishou, the organizing committee executive chairman.

"We want to make a breakthrough in building schools in the quake areas," he said. "Moreover, we also want provide a new model for rebuilding programs in these areas."

Professionals from domestic and overseas architectural institutions, universities and research and manufacturing companies related to solar energy are eligible applicants.

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(Xinhua News Agency June 26, 2008)

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