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This Floating School Could Be a Solution to Rising Sea Levels

A bamboo school for underprivileged children in Bangladesh stands on the water for a third of the year and could be the potential solution to rising sea levels across the world due to climate change. The Arcadia Education Project also won the 2019 Aga Khan Award for Architecture.

It was one of the six winners of the architecture award which was announced on August 29 in Kazan, Russia. As per the official statement, the six award winners would share the prize money of $1 million among them.

A low-cost, low-impact innovation project

The Arcadia Education Project was constructed by Saif Ul Haque Sthapati and run by Maleka Welfare Trust. This bamboo school stands on the water a third of the year as it is located on the bank of Dhaleshwari in South Kanarchar of Keraniganj.

As per the statement released by the architecture awards, the bamboo school as a result of teamwork between architect, client and builder. It was their resilience, innovation and dedication to social responsibility that made this “low-cost, low-impact project” possible.

It took two years to plan the building construction at the cost of $50,800. The construction of the bamboo school was carried out from December 2014 to February 2016 by a team led by Pran Bollov Biswas.

The bamboo school has enough space for a hostel, a vocational training centre, a preschool, and a nursery.

Arcadia Education Project Teach Underprivileged Student to Live Free

How was the ‘waterproof’ bamboo school constructed?

The bamboo school building is spread over 486 square metres and it was primarily constructed with various kinds of bamboo.

The bamboos, collected from neighbouring villages, were chemically treated by applying a liquid made by boiling local Gaab fruits. This traditional Bangladeshi method made the bamboo waterproof.

Recycled tires and steel drums were also used in the construction so that the entire school building rises along with the water level.

Most of the joints in the bamboo school structure do not use steel wires which could corrode in the water but prefer a rope-tie method.

This bamboo school could be a potential solution

“At a time of rising sea levels, this modest bamboo school illustrates how to build an affordable and viable solution with locally available materials,” the press release said about the bamboo school.

The innovative ideas used for the construction of this bamboo school could help offer us architecture solutions that can be implemented across the world in a time when sea levels are rapidly rising because of climate change and melting glaciers.

“The modesty of the programme, the use of materials and the construction method are all successful parts of building this amphibious school through experimental and collaborative teamwork,” said the press release.

“Though simple and compact, the project resolves complex issues – of buoyancy, anchoring against the river current and waste management,” the release added.

Arcadia Education Project School Stands on Water for a Third of the Year on the Steel Drums

“The modesty of the programme, the use of materials and the construction method are all successful parts of building this amphibious school through experimental and collaborative teamwork,” said the press release.

“Though simple and compact, the project resolves complex issues – of buoyancy, anchoring against the river current and waste management,” the release added.

Source: India Today