The village of Tanouan Ibi is situated on the plain, one hour driving from the mother-village Koundou in Dogon country, next to the rockface of Bandiagara in Mali (World Cultural Heritage of Humanity, Unesco 1986). The ensemble is composed of two buildings, each one counting three school classes. Read the whole story >
The Ithuba School Mzamba, located in an underpriveleged rural area is an ongoing design/build project. Several European universities work with the NGO 'Bauen fur Orangefarm' to complete educational facilities in Africa. The construction is completely build by volunteers, locals and students who share the motto 'build together - learn together'. Read the whole story >
After the success of the MOVING schools competition and the completion of MOVING School 001. Building Trust were approached to deliver a similar mobile school design for a further school community. HOPE school which is 50km east of Mae Sot were desperately in need of a new school building to be located within a dense bamboo forest. Read the whole story >
"La Vieja" (the Old one) is the biggest building of the school Colegio de las Aguas de Montebello. This project will be one of the most important constructions totally made out of bamboo from Latin America, and hopefully may demonstrate the potential of bamboo and contribute to the revaluation of this noble material. Read the whole story >
In the shadows of the steady expanding concrete jungle, Santiago de Chile is blessed with a crew dedicated to construct green spaces accessible to the public. In early 2013, together with three students from Copenhagen Business School which I today call great friends, we crossed the Atlantic (and the Amazon) in order to meet this social enterprise, and to work on their challenges. As for now, the organization has revitalized spaces often forgotten or simply neglected and ran down. The daily life of the communities living around these spaces has been significantly enriched, and the community feeling is strengthened through increased activities and engagement.
The Great Mosque of Djenne is built entirely out of mud. In any savannah environment mud is used almost exclusively as an indigenous building material, for small houses to large community centres. Primitive they may be from a singular point of view, but from another, an ingenious way of dealing with the environment and lifestyle of the people that live in these vast desert planes. The lack of patience afforded in understanding this difference is what has lead most Western critics to brand the architecture of sub-Saharan Africa as not architecture at all, but at most, building technology.
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