Bamboo Architecture: Green School, Bali
April 24, 2011 14 Comments
Architect Feature: Green School in Bali, Indonesia
In Bali, the Green School has been making waves both for its construction and for its curriculum. TreeHugger has described it before:
The school’s 75 buildings are cooled and powered with renewable energy sources like micro-hydro power, solar power, and bio-diesel. Bamboo, lalang-alang grass (a local grass), and traditional mud walls form the structure of the buildings.
The school was carefully built on 20 acres of land and is on an organic permaculture system, designed to work in perfect cohesion with the natural ecology of the land. A thriving organic garden to be cultivated by the school’s own students will grow fruits and vegetables, herbs, and other crops including chocolate.
The school is also working towards disconnecting completely from the local electricity grid, generating its own power in several ways, including a simple but ingenious water vortex driven by the local river.
The children learn about conservation at first hand. Green School has its own aviary, which houses many Bali Starlings, a white bird with a striking blue mask. There are believed to be only 20 breeding pairs left in the wild.
The school, which is growing fast—132 students last year and on the verge of hitting 200 this year—has received numerous accolades, including an Aga Khan Award for Architecture.
The Green School curriculum combines the academic competitiveness expected of schools and institutions of higher learning with hands-on experiential learning within a Green Studies curriculum and a Creative Arts curriculum. This means that by holding onto the essential core subjects of English, Mathematics and Science, Green School students will have doors open to them for whichever kinds of further learning and careers that they choose.
International in its teaching and learning, and in its clientele, our students come from different corners of the world to join a core Balinese community of scholars – representing up to 20% of our enrolment. They bring with them their learning to date to share with their friends and to contribute to a global awareness and perspective of social issues from their countries of origin.
The Green School is always looking for help on campus. From the classrooms, to supervising ECAs and from the library to the Warung. They are looking for volunteers with special skills or just a willing pair of hands.
The above project ware not the works of Archian Designs Architect Studios but featured as reference.
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