A green-roofed underground extension breaks the mold for school architecture

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When Singaporean architecture firm Park + Associates was tapped to design an extension for Nanyang Girls’ High School in the heart of the city, they knew that they’d have to think creatively. The brief called for two large four-story blocks that would house a variety of programs, including classrooms, a large performing arts center and a multipurpose indoors sports hall. To meet these requirements without overshadowing the school’s existing architecture, the firm built the spaces below ground—an… View full post on Inhabitat – Green Design, Innovation, Architecture, Green Building



This couple converted an old school bus into a stunning tiny home

When Kai and Julie went to grab a cup of coffee in Berlin, their home city, they had no idea how that beverage break would change their lives. The couple saw an old school bus offered for sale and decided it would be ideal to transform it into a moveable tiny home. They’d been mulling tiny home options for a while but the aspect of being able to change locations at will was paramount.

 

Kai and Julie also agreed that cooking and comfortable sleeping were high priorities. Free-flowing… View full post on Inhabitat – Green Design, Innovation, Architecture, Green Building

Family of five moves from a 2,100-square-foot-house to a beautifully renovated school bus

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All-female high school team invents solar-powered tent for homeless

Twelve young women from San Fernando High School in California have created a solar-powered tent to serve the growing homeless population in the San Fernando Valley. Over several years, Daniela Orozco and her classmates noticed the stunning increase in people living on the streets of San Fernando, a city of over 24,000 located 20 miles northwest from Downtown Los Angeles. They wanted to act. ”Because we come from low-income families ourselves, we can’t give them money,” Orozco, a senior, told Mashable…. View full post on Inhabitat – Green Design, Innovation, Architecture, Green Building

Solar-powered school will teach children how to grow and cook their own food

C.F. Møller has unveiled new renderings for the New Islands Brygge School, an innovative lower-secondary school that takes a more hands-on and experimental approach to learning. Located in the heart of Copenhagen, the 9,819-square-meter school will teach children how to harvest and cook the food grown in the rooftop garden. In addition to a landscaped roof, the building will feature rooftop solar panels and an array of energy-saving technologies.

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Score one of 4 Voltaic Converter solar backpacks in Inhabitats Back to School Contest

With summer coming to a close, it’s back-to-school time for many students and their parents. But it doesn’t have to be a drag. We’ve teamed up with Voltaic to give four lucky readers the chance to win a special backpack as compensation for returning to the studious life. Their brand new solar-powered Converter backpack can charge your laptop and your phone using either solar power or electricity from the grid. It doesn’t matter if you’re an Apple person or prefer Samsung, this backpack has got you… View full post on Inhabitat – Green Design, Innovation, Architecture, Green Building

This Danish school is completely covered with over 12,000 sea green solar panels

The days of unsightly bulky solar arrays are quickly becoming a thing of the past. Now, buildings like the International School Nordhavn in Copenhagen, designed by C.F. Møller, are using putting their solar panels on double duty – producing clean energy, and adding a stunning aesthetic to the design.

Related: Solar-powered Colorado school houses a sun-soaked learning environment

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This off-grid school bus home has an incredible raised roof

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School principal uses $22,000 of paint to transform former slum into a rainbow wonderland

We all know a fresh coat of paint does wonders for a room but what about repainting an entire town? That’s exactly what this small village in Indonesia did and the results are nothing short of spectacular. Armed with just $22,000 worth of paint, Kampung Pelangi transformed their village in Semarang into a multicolored wonderland and Instagrammer’s paradise. 

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Last chance to score this kids cargo bike in our Inhabitots Back To School giveaway

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