In Gaza, the first set of designs for twenty zero-emission schools for the region was unveiled by the United Nations Relief and Works Agency. The net-zero project, designed by Mario Cucinella Architects, will make use of local, affordable materials and incorporate rainwater, geothermal, and solar systems.
More than 800 students will be able to make use of the $2 million complex, and similar projects are planned for the West Bank, Jordan, and Syria.
The goal is to make these educational facilities self-sustaining, as power and water resources in these areas are often political, as well as economic, issues. These independent facilities will ensure students in areas of conflict or scarce resources continue to receive quality education in a safe, comfortable environment.
More about this project over at Green Prophet.