A school in the desert for nomad children? Exactly, because there is no public education for them. An idea of Tuareg parents north of Timbuktu inspired AmiMali e.V. to build a school appropriate to this region at the edge of the desert: a basic adobe structure, plus a wooden construction for better ventilation, covered by a roof made of impregnated wool. ps: scarab is a holy beetle. pps: an annex is in construction.
The Scarab School in the desert combines two traditions: the local one of the city of Timbuktu which is adobe and the moving one of the Tuareg nomads from the Southern Sahara which is the tent. This combination of the two cultures is simple and real but in reality there is . . . Besides the construction itself the working method was exceptional and should be mentioned in a project of sustainability. Sustainable mostly means something which has grown – the project of the Scarab School has grown within two continents. The locals as well as the Germans were included equally in every single step of the process of design and construction. Due to the electronic communication we had to express ourselves precisely and talk it over on the phone. We had to accept this way of communication since we could not fly over to meet.
design by ar2com financed by www.AmiMali.de (a non-profit organisation still looking for donations)
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discussions @ WA +
- Runner up at cloudscapes award 28.04.2011
Cloudscapes award initiated by transsolar with aedes network campus berlinwww.cloudscap.es/project/ecole-du-scarab%c3%a9e-scarab-school-dese...
- Makingspace2010 award for the scarab school 26.10.2010
the school has given a social place for the local young people to gather while they learn and has enabled them to build a social envi...
- Journal for comparative cultural studies in architecture: no... 11.07.2010
Planning and construction of thescarab’s school was done within three monthsand a half, finalized in july 2009. the astoundingissue in the w...
- Podcast scarab school in the desert 10.06.2010
A school built in the desert via voip and email for tuareg. the podcast talks about the collaboration and the architecture of the project.ww...
- Radiofeature at hr, germany 27.05.2010
In german language.a report on the scarabs school at the hessischer rundfunk, frankfurt, germany.www.ar2com.de/architektur/files/ar2com_1005...
- Die wüstenschule aus dem internet 18.05.2010
An article in german darmstäder echo newspaper.westafrika: darmstädter architektin entwarf für und mit tuareg-nomaden in mali einen ...
- Simple = natural > sustainable 23.04.2010
No global communication means no school for tuareg-kidsthis is the century of communication.collaboration between cultures happens via inter...
- Interview by malian tv ortm 31.03.2010
The interview was taken by salif sanogo during the exhibition of the school at the world urban forum in rio de janeiro (wuf5, march 2010)www...