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A Floating School That Won’t Flood

A Floating School That Won’t Flood | sustainable architecture |

Makoko is a water-logged settlement in Lagos, home to about 250,000 people living mostly in makeshift structures on stilts.

Instead of stilts,  Kunlé Adeyemi, a Nigerian-born architect who now lives in Holland, sees floating structures with better access to power and fresh water and more sustainable means of waste disposal.

His first project--what he calls a "seed to cultivate a new type of urbanism on water in African cities"--is a floating school. The three-story structure is 108 square feet at its base, and 33 feet high. It sits on a flotation deck made of 256 used plastic drums. And the body is all wood, which is sourced locally. The building is designed for about 100 students (aged 4 to 12), and has its own power system based around solar panels on the roof...

Ankita Sharma's curator insight, February 12, 2013 6:56 AM

really great work

Natalie Curtis's curator insight, March 7, 2013 10:40 AM

This is an amazingly good use of architecture and it's alternate purposes and uses. It's a creative and innovative way of redesigning the structure and living means of a community that struggles with flooding and is wholly a water-based living society. The main means of transportation is canoe and so where else should their homes and schools be but on the water? These drum-bottomed, 33 feet high structures give this community a school that is practically flood-proof and can sustain itself with solar panels, as well.

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Plastic Bottle House, Developmental Association for Renewable Energies

Plastic Bottle House, Developmental Association for Renewable Energies | sustainable architecture |

One person's trash is another person’s building material...or so it would seem. In the village of Sabon Yelwa the Developmental Association for Renewable Energies (DARE) has instigated an ingenious scheme to transform the region’s litter problem into a positive future for the community through the construction of new residences.

Fabián Salazar Bazúa's curator insight, March 11, 2013 7:09 PM

Otro ejemplo de lo que la creatividad e imaginación puede hacer con las construcciones.

Lauren Stahowiak's curator insight, March 17, 2014 5:53 PM

Creativity at its finest! In Sabon Yelwa new residences are constructed from plastic bottles. It is a great way of using something that does harm for the planet and turning it into something beneficial. DARE uses litter as a way to provide decent shelter and eliminate trash filling the streets. Plus it serves as an interesting focal piece!

Kaitlin Young's curator insight, November 22, 2014 3:28 PM

Nigeria may have a growing economy, but unfortunately, it suffers from a lack of housing for its growing population. Instead of building houses from non-renewable materials, the Developmental Association for Renewable Energies (DARE), has come up with an ingenious way to battle homelessness and the growing waste problem. Houses are being built out of plastic drink bottles filled with sand that are mortared together to build sturdy, insulated walls. While we do not often correlate developing countries with sustainability, this is truly something that could be utilized throughout the world in order to address homelessness and recycling issues around the world.