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Architecture for Humanity and UNICEF are working together to innovate schools and classrooms for children all over the world, scaling architectural innovation to a profound level. As of right now UNICEF and Architecture for Humanity are seeking design and engineering professional to help develop and build a number of educational facilities in West Africa. Their focus at the moment is in Liberia and Ivory Coast, but in the coming months they will look for candidates for Sierra Leone and Guinea. Working in partnership with local communities and the ministry of education, they will design and facilitate the building of two schools that will include alternative energy sources, water reclamation, connectivity, basic services, and play spaces.

In other Architecture for Humanity news, almost $35,000 has been raised for the rebuilding project for Myanmar/Burma since Cyclone Nargis slammed into the country’s southern tip. AFH has spoken with a number of in-country and ex-patriot designers about their strategy for long term rebuilding and have representatives on the ground in Rangoon. Given their available funding they’ve decided to assemble a design team that can focus on the rebuilding of one community that has been devastated by this horrific disaster. AFH is also giving preference to regionally based designers due to the high travel costs associated with getting into Myanmar.

Join hundreds of others and support AFH’s sustainable reconstruction effort, make a donation today by visiting: http://www.architectureforhumanity.org/donate

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マサチューセッツ工科大学建築学科の大学院生2人が「Crowd Farm」というコンセプトで、群集が歩いたり、走ったりするときに発生する機械的なエネルギーを電気に変換するという試みを提案し、ホルシム財団持続奨励賞を受賞した。(ホルシム社は世界有すのセメント会社)「Crowd Farm」を訳すのは難しい。「群集農場」???意訳して「群集発電」か。人間の一歩は60ワットの電球を一秒つけるくらいのエネルギーを発するそうだ。人が多く集まるコンサートや駅に取り入れれば、かなりのエネルギーを生み出す。ベネチア・ビエンナーレやイタリアのトリノ駅構内でも実験が行われたこの「Crowd Farm」の群集エネルギー変換法とは→人が多く歩く場所(例えば駅の構内)の床下にブロックを積み重ねたできたもう一つの床下をつくる→人が上を歩くと床下のブロックが動き、熱対流運動による発電作用 を生み出す→人が歩いたときのエネルギーが電気に還元されるというのが大雑把な仕組みらしい。通勤ラッシュが大変な東京のような街で実用化するのが最適かもしれない。 

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