Going Green in Africa

In the developed world, sustainable building has become fashionable because of global warming and the threat of depleting non-renewable energy resources.

However, in the developing world, sustainable building means something quite different. This is mostly due to technology, cost, and governance. Green building in the African context could be described, as an unintended consequence of feasibility.

A good example is a primary school built in Gando, Burkina Faso by architect Diébédo Francis Kéré. Success was down to using traditional building methods, conserving energy, promoting reuse and still remaining relevant to Africa.

 

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Part of the Gando School Library  

 

Project focus was inclusivity, much like the culture itself.  The local community worked with local resources to create a modern building that cools itself naturally to improve the lives of students.

Sustainability doesn’t have to wear a green label and cost more. It could be something as simple as borrowing a item  from your neighbour and sharing when you have something to offer.

 

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Inside a Gando Classroom

 

We love this organic process of using common sense and looking at our immediate environment for solutions.

To read more about the school by  Diébédo Francis Kéré:  www.kere-architecture.com

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