No School for Tuareg-Kids without Global Communication
A school in the desert for nomad children?
Exactly, because there is no public education for them. An idea of tuareg parents north of Timbuktu inspired AmiMali e.V. to build a school appropriate to this region at the edge of the desert: a basic adobe structure, plus a wooden construction for better ventilation, covered by a roof made of impregnated wool - the traditional black tent.
Direct communication between human beings beyond cultures and nations is an important task in building a social environment. The right for education is part of the human rights bill.
Vernacular buildings help us survive because we need local identity.
The Scarab School in the desert combines two traditions: the local one of the city of Timbuktu which is adobe and the moving one of the Tuareg nomads from the Southern Sahara which is the tent. This combination of the two cultures is simple and real and that is the innovation: two vernacular ways of construction in one to solve their problems.
(1)The problem with earthen architecture is the destruction rain – now protected by the tent. (2) The problem of the tent is that the climate inside throughout the day changes immediately with the outside climate. Adobe has the slowest heat transition. That means it stays cold in the morning and gives back heat at night.
Streamline Design for the Desert - just another interpretation! Some explanatory images here.
For further information about the climate advantages of the school building, please read Materials and Building Techniques.
Description: No School for Tuareg-Kids without Global Communication.
Design: ar2com - kommunikative architektur aus darmstadt
Building status: in use
Construction period: 2009, 2010, 2011
Location: north of timbuktu, Mali
Coordinates: 16°59'52'' N, 3°6'19.7'' W
Tags: climate, participation, desert, low tech, mud brick, traditional technique
Project ID: 155
Published: 21 November 2011
Last updated: 27 November 2011
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