This rammed earth school in Ghana school cost only $13,976 to build

November 13, 2017 by  
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This amazing school in rural Ghana was built in 60 days for just $13,976. The new InsideOut School replaces the only school in the area, which was destroyed by strong winds. Architects Andrea Tabocchini & Francesca Vittorini designed the non-profit project and built it with the local community and volunteers from 20 different countries. The team had to work without electricity, which meant they had to build the structure by hand. They moved 58,000 kg of and crafted materials available on site. Local soil was compacted to create staggered walls, while a lightweight wood structure lifts the roof to allow zenithal light into the building. The skylight also facilitates natural ventilation. Related: Rammed earth school in Vietnam blooms like a colorful jungle flower The result is an affordable school that can be replicated anywhere with a similar climate. Via Plataforma Arquitectura Lead photo by Andrea Tabocchini

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Bill Gates buys a huge chunk of land in Arizona to create a ‘smart city’

November 13, 2017 by  
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Bill Gates  is purchasing 25,000 acres of land in the West Valley area of Arizona, 45 minutes west of Phoenix, with the intent of building a high-tech “smart city” named Belmont. “Belmont will create a forward-thinking community with a communication and infrastructure spine that embraces cutting-edge technology, designed around high-speed digital networks, data centers, new manufacturing technologies and distribution models, autonomous vehicles and autonomous logistics hubs,” said Belmont Partners, the real estate firm involved in the purchase, in a press statement. The purchase, made by an investment firm run by Gates, cost $80 million and will be developed along the proposed freeway I-11, which would connect Belmont to Las Vegas and other major hubs of the region. Although Gates has given the project a new boost of funding and publicity, the planned community of Belmont, Arizona has been in the works since the 1990s. Although the housing crash put a damper on the city’s development, the regional real estate market has since recovered. The city also is banking on the parallel development of I-11, a proposed interstate highway that would run through Belmont to Las Vegas. The first section of I-11, near Boulder City, Arizona, was opened in August 2017. Related: Bill Gates launches $1 billion clean energy fund to fight climate change 3,800 acres of the proposed community will be used for office, retail and commercial space while an additional 470 acres will be set aside for public schools . The remaining space is enough land for 80,000 residential units. “Comparable in square miles and projected population to Tempe, Arizona, Belmont will transform a raw, blank slate into a purpose-built edge city built around a flexible infrastructure model,” said Belmont Properties in a statement. When completed, Belmont will join Arcosanti , an ecologically-inspired experimental town to the north of Phoenix, as one of the region’s most high-profile planned communities. Via Popular Mechanics and The Republic Images via Gisela Giardino/Flickr and  Depositphotos

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Concrete brise soleil keeps this glass-enveloped building cool in sweltering Ghana

June 15, 2016 by  
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One Airport Square is a striking building featuring a very unique structure on its façade: a criss-crossing brise soleil made out of concrete. Its powerful aesthetic was inspired by the motifs of the traditional African fabrics and peculiar patterns of palm tree bark. While the design embraces local traditions, it also meets the needs of environmental sustainability. The building’s shell is a combination of overhanging slabs and diagonal frames that shelter the interior against direct sun rays. Thanks to this design, One Airport Square features an unexpected envelope entirely made of glass and, therefore, 17,000 m² of bright interiors that are also protected from the intense sun. Who would have ever imagined a comfortable, completely glazed 9-story building in the heart of Africa? Besides acting as a giant brise soleil , One Airport Square’s irregular grid is also a load-bearing element of the building. Related: How thousands of rough wooden logs protect this pavilion from solar radiation Interestingly, Cucinella did not simply deliver an eye-catching and sustainable landmark. The development of the Kotoka International Airport area in Accra is also a great public space. From the urban point of view, One Airport Square project is a congregation piazza that’s active day and night and capable of hosting various events and activities. The commercial gallery of the ground floor contains shops, restaurants and cafes, allowing One Airport Square to make a significant contribution to the surrounding community, landscape and providing an example in terms of ethics, cultural sensitivity and environmental sustainability. + Mario Cucinella Architects Images via Fernando Guerra courtesy of the Mario Cucinella Architects

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Buy one of these bikes, and a schoolgirl in Ghana gets one too

March 3, 2016 by  
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Deltec launches line of super efficient, net-zero energy homes – starting under 100K

March 3, 2016 by  
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Wheel Story House is West Africa’s Largest and Oldest Home Made from Reclaimed Materials

November 10, 2014 by  
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Read the rest of Wheel Story House is West Africa’s Largest and Oldest Home Made from Reclaimed Materials Permalink | Add to del.icio.us | digg Post tags: accra , Ghana , house made from trash , Reclaimed Materials , reclaimed wood , Recycled Materials , Sammy Mensah Ansah , trash construction materials , upcycle , upcycled construction materials , West Africa , Wheel Story House

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Reinventing the African Mud Hut: Winners of the 2014 Mud House Design Competition

October 15, 2014 by  
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  The challenge for this year’s Mud House Design competition in Ghana was to design a single-family unit on a plot no larger than 60 x 60 feet at a cost of no more than $6,000 (excluding land cost). The idea was designed to generate contemporary mud house designs  o be available for free for everyone to use, and to hold building workshops to construct the best design entries. These would serve as examples to the local people that mud architecture can be both durable and beautiful. After receiving numerous submissions , the Nka Foundation has announced the winners: The 1st prize winning design is Sankofa House by M.A.M.O.T.H from France ; the 2nd prize winner is Eban Aya by Atelier Koe in Senegal; and the 3rd prize is awarded to Ejisu Earth House by Jason Orbe-Smith from the USA. More information can be found at the Nka Foundation website. + Nka Foundation The article above was submitted to us by an Inhabitat reader. Want to see your story on Inhabitat ? Send us a tip by following this link . Remember to follow our instructions carefully to boost your chances of being chosen for publishing! Permalink | Add to del.icio.us | digg Post tags: African architecture , African mud house , African mud hut , Atelier Koe , contemporary mud house , Eban Aya , Ejisu Earth House , Ghana , Jason Orbe-Smith , local earth , M.A.M.O.T.H. , mud house , Mud House Design , mud hut , Nka Foundation , Sankofa House , Senegal

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Film Reveals the Horrors of One of the World’s Largest E-Waste Dumps

December 4, 2013 by  
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The relentless evolution of electronics means that consumers are constantly upgrading to the latest and greatest – but all of those dated flip phones and CRT monitors have to go somewhere. Australian filmmaker David Fedele spent some time in the world’s second largest e-waste dump in Agbogbloshie, Ghana (the largest is in China) to create a film that shows firsthand how awful the electronic graveyard really is. Over 215,000 tons of e-waste is imported to Ghana each year where scavengers pick apart and burn the gadgets to get to the metal inside, creating an endless toxic cloud that hangs over the environment. Read the rest of Film Reveals the Horrors of One of the World’s Largest E-Waste Dumps Permalink | Add to del.icio.us | digg Post tags: Accra Ghana , Africa waste , Agbogbloshie dump , Agbogbloshie Ghana , burning waste , e-waste , E-waste documentary , E-Wasteland , E-Wasteland documentary , E-Wasteland Film , electronics dump , electronics waste , Europe Waste , recycling electronics , toxic burning , toxic waste , waste dump        

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DIY Gift: Make Chalkboard Mugs for the Holidays!

December 4, 2013 by  
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Inexpensive and easy to make, chalkboard mugs are ideal for any tea or coffee aficionado on your list. You can also decorate them as presents for cocoa-loving kids, as they’re perfect places to write sweet little notes, and they make great teacher’s gifts as well. This is a great weekend craft project that only requires a few simple supplies, and can be a fabulous DIY project for the whole family. Read the rest of DIY Gift: Make Chalkboard Mugs for the Holidays! Permalink | Add to del.icio.us | digg Post tags: chalk , chalkboard , Christmas , cup , DIY , DIY Christmas , DIY holidays , DIY xmas gift , Festivus , gift , gifts , hanukkah , holiday gift , Holiday present , holiday presents , holidays , homemade gift , mug , paint , sharpie , solstice , Yule        

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New Report Lists World’s Most Polluted Places

November 7, 2013 by  
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Green Cross Switzerland and the Blacksmith Institute just released a report that details the world’s most polluted places. The report, titled The Top Ten Toxic Threats: Cleanup, Progress, and Ongoing Challenges , tracks chemicals, e-waste, radioactive contamination, lead and other pollutants that pose health risks to more than 200 million people in eight countries. Read the rest of New Report Lists World’s Most Polluted Places Permalink | Add to del.icio.us | digg Post tags: cadmium , chemicals , e-waste , health risk , lead , mercury , polluted places , Pollution , radiation , toxic , toxins        

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