Incredible Green School Rises from the Rice Fields

Coach | November 8th, 2010 - 3:56 pm

Otonoha Preschool in Ibaraki, Osaka, Japan (Photo: e-architect.com)

We are excited to be working on raising funds for a green school in Uganda, and love to feature great green design here. Rising from rice fields that have fed the community for many generations, this school has lots of playspace. The natural daylighting gives students a better learning environment while reducing the building’s carbon footprint.

This building has large spaces with a flexible floorplan so rooms can be created or changed, as needed. The skylights are particularly attractive and help to provide that essential link between humans and nature.

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What is the Water Crisis?

Coach | October 15th, 2010 - 10:58 am

(Photo credit: HeartfortheNations.net)

Fresh water is only a tiny fraction of the water on the earth, and it’s getting scarcer. That means not enough food and people fighting for water.

Fresh, clean water is something that we take for granted, but nearly a billion people do not have it. Think about it. What would it be like to have to walk for hours, no matter the weather, just to get a bucket of water?

How much water does our lifestyle demand? In the US and Europe, we waste staggering amounts of water. Imagine not being able to turn on the tap to shower or wash dishes whenever you want, because the water has been used up.

There are a lot of solutions, and they begin with you. Being aware of how much water you really use is a good start. Do you take long showers, let the water run when you clean dishes, have a leaky tap? Those things are easy to fix.

How much water do you EAT?

Yes, eat. Did you know that it takes 2,400 litres of water to make a single burger? But only 70 litres to grow an apple, and 40 for a slice of bread. Eating less meat will reduce how much water it takes to support you.

Want to find out what your ‘water footprint’ is? The answer may surprise you.

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A more sustainable future starts with you, right now.

Today’s post is in honour of Blog Action Day 2010. More than 4,000 bloggers around the world blogged about water issues today. To find out more about the water crisis, please visit:  http://blogactionday.change.org/why-water

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Rainwater Court – Kenya’s First Net Positive Sports Facility

Coach | October 7th, 2010 - 4:10 pm

(Photo credit: Architecture for Humanity: openarchitecturenetwork.org/projects/rainwatercourt)

Yes, Green Design Really Can Help Save the World

Thanks to Architecture for Humanity, Nike and other visionaries, Kenya now has its first net positive sports facility. That means the building ‘gives back’ more than it takes from the environment.

But it’s much more than just a basketball court that gives up to 90,000 liters of water of purified water per year to the local children and people. It’s also a community center and multi-purpose sports facility.

This ingenious, huge basketball court has an ultraviolet purification system to clean the water that it catches in the gutter system. It can store 30,000 liters of purified water! It also has solar panels for the water system and night lighting.

We are looking forward to the time we can build an eco-friendly sports school in Uganda, to help former child soldiers rejoin society. In the meantime, projects like the one above keep us inspired.

Read more about this brilliant project on Huffington Post.

(photo credit: Architecture for Humanity – click on the Open Architecture Network link below)

Find more great photos of this project on the Open Architecture Network here.

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Old Army Barracks Converted Into Solar Powered School

Coach | August 27th, 2010 - 6:37 pm

(photo credit: Inhabitat.com)

It’s hard to believe that this light, airy school was an army barracks. The huge glass roof is actually covered in with more than 7,000 thin film solar modules, letting in plenty of natural light while powering the school with electricity.

Some of the windows open automatically so fresh air can circulate throughout the school (see below). Thanks to inhabitat.com for featuring this school and giving us more green design inspiration.

(Natural air flow. Image from Inhabitat.com)

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Super Green High School is an Inspiration

Coach | August 15th, 2010 - 6:36 pm

(Image of Marcel Sembat High School from worldarchitecturenews.com)

For this High School in France, ‘Green’ isn’t just a word. The architects created a way to bring together the school and the park next to it by using curving green roofs. This great design adds beauty while reducing energy costs.

A bridge links the new part of the school with the older buildings. The bridge (below) allows students to cross over the street safely while enhancing the ‘green’ experience for everyone in the community.  The school will be adding a library and other features that will make it a great place to learn, socialize and enjoy nature.

Although on a modest scale, we will use a green roof for the school and sports facility that we intend to build in Uganda. It will use only local materials and be very environmentally friendly.

(image from Inhabitat.com)

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