Sago Studio 2018 - Applications Now Open to PNG Students!

The communities of Tutu Beach and Hanuabada, just outside Port Moresby, are set to host Sago Studio 2018 in January and February next year when a team of Australian and Papua New Guinean university students will collaborate on a series of projects aimed at improving village sanitation over a two week period.

Tutu Beach Master-planning & Toilet Construction

At Tutu Beach two teams will be working with lauded PNG politician, Dame Carol Kidu, to improve village sanitation and thereby support her efforts to establish a Learning Centre focussed on her library of resources that document the birth of the nation in 1975. A master-planning team will undertake a comprehensive study of Tutu Beach to locate all learning and sanitation facilities. A second construction team will build two dehydration toilets for the future use of students and visitors to the Learning Centre.

Hanuabada Sanitation Research

In the floating stilt village of Hanuabada a third research team will be working with local community members to analyse past, present and future efforts to improve village sanitation in a complex urban context that sees formal urban infrustructure struggle to adapt to the informality of Hanuabada's vernacular formation of stilt houses and walkways over the city's harbour.

    Studio Overview

    A detailed insight into Sago Studio 2018 can be downloaded via the Studio Overview here.

    Studio Dates

    The studio will take place over 2 weeks between Saturday 20th January to Sunday 4th February 2018.

    Eligible Applicants

    Sago Studio 2018 aims to bring together enthusiastic students who are capable of working in a team, eager for a hands on construction and cross cultural experience utilising their architectural skills in a developing context. The studio is open to the following students:

    • Current full-time or part-time university students at either:
      • The Papua New Guinea University of Technology in Lae, or;
      • The University of Papua New Guinea in Port Moresby.
    • Architecture, Construction, Engineering and Communication for Development students. Other students are also welcome to apply if they believe that their studies and interests are relevant to the programme.

    Student Applications

    Applications can be made via an expression of interest to Sago Network, attention Rosemary Korawali, via email at