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by Michael Keller

Hope Floats

This Nigerian school is set to rise. The floating structure was built by Dutch and Nigerian architecture, design and urbanism firm NLÉ to serve the slum neighborhood of Makoko, much of which exists on stilts above a lagoon in the port city of Lagos. Looking to mitigate the compounding problem of massive population movements to urban areas and the realities of climate change, NLÉ built the school as a prototype for a broader urban planning initiative called Lagos Water Communities Project.

Their design conforms to the local necessity of building houses on stilts above the lagoon with flotation platforms crafted from 256 common plastic barrels. This will allow the three-story primary school to rise along with sea level due to climate change or rainfall. The architects also designed it to provide natural ventilation, water from a rain collection system and power from rooftop solar panels to occupants. The almost 2,400 square-foot bamboo and wood building can safely hold up to 100 students.

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Nigeria’s Cost & Energy-Efficient Floating Schools (by NLÉ)

The Makoko Floating School is an ambitious project that is currently under construction in the water community of Makoko in Lagos, Nigeria by NLÉ, a collaborative agency whose mission is to provide architectural change for developing cities. The project seeks to create floating buildings that are designed to serve as educational classrooms for neighborhood children.

The three-story architectural structure, built as a triangular prism, is intended to float on water with a base made of 256 plastic drums. The floating construct is built with locally sourced wood, electrically powered with solar panels, and designed to house about 100 students.

While this first generation of floating buildings is being designated solely as educational center, the project is opening a new chapter in architectural design that can be applied to a variety of facilities for poor communities like Makoko to urbanize efficiently. Because of the project’s green initiatives, each building is more affordable and cost-effective. Additionally, they accommodate for the climate changes that are resulting in the rise of sea levels.

(via architectureofdoom)

Though this is about earthquakes, it’s similar to a major dilemma in adapting to climate change. Portland, Oregon passed a bill to retrofit and strengthen public school buildings to withstand earthquakes. On the one hand, this will save lives and upgrades to the schools are much needed. On the other, it continues to encourage people to live in unsafe areas.

Thus, cities that are threatened by, say, sea level rise face the same type of issues - either build high walls to hold back the ocean or move.

Also, follow revkin:

Great news in quake-threatened #PDX; Voters OK $480-million school retrofit bond. Background on risk from Yumei Wang (video). Much more on Dot Earth.

Speaking of Bloomberg unicorn magic:

”The Bloomberg administration has put city agencies on alert that they must slash another two percent from their budgets this year, and a whopping six percent in 2013, to cope with a “dire financial situation.”

Agencies including the NYPD, FDNY and the Department of Education have two weeks to submit their suggestions to the city’s budget office, according to a letter sent to city agencies on Tuesday.” 

Note the NYC Department of Education has had 3 straight years of budget cuts, and classrooms are bursting at the seams. The article is worth a read.

Source: DNAinfo, via joshsternberg

Met a guy who runs his own business making recycled cardboard computers. He wants to help schools in the rural south, and eventually expand to help governments in developing nations. RecomputePC