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SOCIAL GOOD: Sustainable design meets the handmade movement in Bangladesh

What do the words “green,” “kids,” and “school” mean to you when strung together? If you are in Bangladesh it might mean that you have created a handmade, sustainable, beautiful school out of mud.  This project is one finalist for the Curry Stone 2009 Design Prize.

Three projects in Bangladesh bring to light a new handmade approach to sustainable building. These projects emerge organically from local materials and needs and are built by hand by local laborers who learn new construction methods, offering an elegant alternative to the trend toward buildings made from western materials such as cement and steel. These designs for a school, vocational center and single-family homes reaffirm that “progress” can involve improved living standards without sacrificing the ecological and economic integrity of traditional craftsmanship.