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Low cost school design in Ethiopia
Does anyone know of any good precedents for schools in Ethiopia? I am also interested in learning about how they build in Ethiopia, what building materials are used/cheap, what kind of skilled labor is cheaply available, traditional methods of cooling, and traditional school layouts. If you know anything at all about Ethiopian architecture I would greatly appreciate some help. It has been very hard just finding precedents let alone the more technical information. Even just the name of a good building in Ethiopia would useful. Thank you.
Jordan Kiel
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Low cost school design in Ethiopia
REUSE, RECYCLE AND REGENERATE...there is so much of e waste generated now a days.. i m sure we can do sumthing productive with that...rest as usual TYRES for foundation...etc. etc..
Priyanka Baroi
Low cost school design in Ethiopia
hey..this is rizwan..in the last yr of architecture...thesis topis is islamic residential school....cud u help me out wid the study based on residential schools??...
Rizwan Baig
Low cost school design in Ethiopia
Jordan, look at the work and books of the Egyptian architect Hassan Fathy.

I have two of his books, both published by UCP (University of Chicago Press): "Architecture for the poor" and "Natural Energy and Vernacular Architecture". :)))
Frank John Snelling
Low cost school design in Ethiopia
Nothing like Hassan Fathy.
For low cost (bamboo, mud, stabalised earth)'inspiration' you can Also check out the works of Francis Kere, Anna Henninger, Satprem Maini, Nader Khalili, Laurie Baker, Paolo Soleri.
Mudith Rakhecha
Low cost school design in Ethiopia
Mudith, If I recall aright, Hassan Fathy used the Ethiopian mud brick barrel vault in some of his designs.
Frank John Snelling
Low cost school design in Ethiopia
...or maybe the Sudanese mud brick barrel vault.
Frank John Snelling
Low cost school design in Ethiopia
you can contact me
b/c i have sample design school for blind peoples
Mesfin Alemu Wondimu
Low cost school design in Ethiopia
It all depends on where exactly the school is going to be built. Ethiopia is quite big and has an extremely diverse geography. If you are trying to build the school in the Northern regions (Tigray and Afar), stone seems to be the cheapest material. If it's in the South however, bamboo, mud and wood seems more readily available.
Labor is quite cheap, but the skills vary from region to region; in the north for example, there is a long tradition in building with stone and bricks( cement bricks are quite cheap).
Dawit Rezene Habtemariam
Low cost school design in Ethiopia
Frank, HF used nubian vault(google) in most of his designs.
Mudith Rakhecha
Low cost school design in Ethiopia
Mudith, Thank you for the information, I could not recall the precise name of "Nubian" (from Nubia), although I knew it was somewhere south of Egypt in the Sudan and or Eithopia.
Frank John Snelling
Low cost school design in Ethiopia
Actually it is a region along R. Nile in southern Egypt and northern Sudan.
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Nubia
Jordan to the above list of practitioners you must add Gernot Minke -mud arches domes..earth books. I've even heard his bath tub is made up of mud (lined with silicon ofcourse)!
Mudith Rakhecha
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