Cranbrook School teaches environmental stewardship

July 27, 2021 by  
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Education comes in all forms — books, videos, audio recordings and interactive, hands-on, learning like that taking place at Cranbrook School in the Wolgan Valley, located about three hours north of Sydney, Australia. Students on this campus share experiences uncommon to mainstream education, mainly in the way they are relied upon to actively participate in the buildings’ and site’s upkeep. The idea is to educate students about a host of life skills such as gardening, homemaking, fire-building and even constructing in a hands-on ‘rituals of stewardship’ approach. The campus is the result of a competition that asked designers to develop an architectural design for a new school in a rural area in the Greater Blue Mountains National Park. Andrew Burns Architecture submitted the winning project with an emphasis on the student experience. With the understanding there is no better teacher than experience, students are taught resilience through work. Along with the physical aspects of collecting wood and maintaining a fire in order to heat water for the heater, students learn about providing for others. Similarly, while they nurture the stewardship garden, they give back to the environmental remediation of the land. Related: The River School places classrooms around a central courtyard The campus merges into the natural bluff with a crescent shape for the buildings’ footprint, while still providing the utilitarian aspects of a school. This design also creates efficient access for services across the buildings. In a press release, the architects explained, “The buildings are anchored to the Crescent by a series of chimneys, recalling the remnant chimneys from the neighbouring historic town of Newnes. The buildings rise up from the Crescent to take in the dramatic form of the escarpment, illuminated by easterly morning light.” To further honor the connection with nature, the materials palette came mostly from natural sources such as wood and metal in an effort to make “the buildings…both shelter and pedagogical tools — devices to heighten the experience of landscape and environmental systems.” + Andrew Burns Architecture Via ArchDaily Photography by Brett Boardman via Andrew Burns Architecture

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E-Waste Recycler, Non-Profit Create Jobs for Those With Disabilties

October 3, 2012 by  
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Your dead television might look like a huge chunk of e-waste to you, but to Easter Seals Greater Houston, it looks like a job opportunity. The Texas-based non-profit, which assists people with disabilities with everything from counseling to…

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Green Gamification Takes Root in the Big Apple

February 22, 2012 by  
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At Social Media Week in New York City, two recently sprouted startups joined two innovative established companies to talk about how to harness the power of gaming for the greater good.

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What Oat Hulls Can Teach Us About Tapping Employees’ Innovation

February 22, 2012 by  
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John Hellweg, recently retired from General Mills, shares the effort it took to complete a nearly 25-year-long process to turn a waste stream into a fuel source.

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How Autodesk Cut its Data Center Energy Use by 62 Percent

February 22, 2012 by  
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The CIO of the sustainbility-minded design software firm walks through the strategy, hardware and software behind a data center retrofit that will save Autodesk $7 million a year.

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A Hackathon for Geekery and the Greater Good

February 6, 2012 by  
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From green data center management to real-time carbon emissions tracking, more than 100 developers and sustainability professionals gathered last week to hack together solutions for a greener planet.

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Glittering Louvered Ad Astra Skyscraper is Topped With a Pyramid Heliport

January 9, 2012 by  
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Atkins Architecture has proposed a gorgeous new mixed-use tower overlooking the Black Sea on Georgia’s coast for clients Sustainable Growth Investments . Called the Ad Astra Building, the glass and steel structure will glitter on the Batumi skyline. The skyscraper’s louvered facade reduces solar gain by 40%, and its top supports a heliport for the company helicopter. Read the rest of Glittering Louvered Ad Astra Skyscraper is Topped With a Pyramid Heliport Permalink | Add to del.icio.us | digg Post tags: Ad Astra Building , Atkins Design , Batumi , eco design , georgia , Greater Caucasus Mountains , green design , helioport , sustainable design

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The Greener Side of New Orleans

January 7, 2012 by  
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From nature preserves to eco-friendly hotels and sustainable building projects, there are plenty of examples of green businesses and recovery in the greater New Orleans area.

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It’s Time to Denmark-ify Our Cities: A Copenhagen Case Study

June 30, 2011 by  
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Photo: Mik Hartwell via Wikimedia Commons/CC BY If we’re going to consider trying to Denmark-ify societies around the world , perhaps the first thing we should do is make sure that people would actually want to live in those societies.

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Sound-Charged Shirt from Orange Powers Cell Phones

June 30, 2011 by  
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Photo by Orange Cheesy jokes aside, the mobile phone provider Orange UK in conjunction with renewable energy experts at GotWind , has created the very first t-shirt that can charge small mobile devices via the use of sound .

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