Proposal for MIT Global Environment Initiative seeks public comment As the world’s population continues to expand, our natural resources will become increasingly strained. In an effort to find sustainable solutions for the planet’s growing population while minimizing environmental impacts, MIT’s Environmental Research Council (ERC) has put forward a detailed implementation plan to establish a Global Environmental Initiative to complement the MIT Energy Initiative (MITEI). The interdisciplinary, faculty-led council presented the plan to the MIT community last Thursday in a forum held at the Kirsch Auditorium in the Stata Center. Council members outlined an initiative that would bring together MIT’s “core strengths” across campus to help solve the world’s pressing environmental challenges, from mitigating climate change to curbing contamination and maintaining fresh water supplies. In the areas of climate and oceans, MIT already has a strong foundation of interdisciplinary collaboration.
The Green Village / PT Bambu Architects: PT Bambu Location: Badung, Bali, Indonesia Design Consultant : IBUKU Area: 18,700 sqm Year: 2010 Photographs: Courtesy of Bambu Indah Collection, Courtesy of Suxy, Courtesy of Jimbawan, Agung Dwi, Courtesy of Rio Helmi Elora Hardy (daughter of John Hardy) took the initiative to create a master plan for Green Village set within a river valley landscape along Bali’s sacred Ayung River, a master-planned community Located within walking distance to the Green School was designed and constructed based on the architectural concepts of sustainable principles and artisan craftsmanship that helped create the world famous Green School campus. “We are committed to changing people’s perspective on the infinite potential of bamboo,” Hardy says. “Creating spaces where people can feel connected to nature without disrupting it is a thrilling design challenge for me.” * Location to be used only as a reference.
A School That Connects Kids to Music and Nature "A child's world is fresh and new and beautiful, full of wonder and excitement. It is our misfortune that for most of us that clear-eyed vision, that true instinct for what is beautiful, is dimmed and even lost before we reach adulthood." --Rachel Carson Tetsuya Matsui and Tomoko Murata of UZU Architects collaborated with two artists, Shintaro Yoshimura and Naomi Ito to capture the child's world of beauty and wonder in the design of the Ontonoha nursery school. Using the metaphor of a tree with notes, UZU Architecture designed a nursery school that connects children to music and nature. Our Child Care Centre in Thornhill Offers Free the Children Programs Childventures Early Learning Academy has developed an excellent reputation within the childcare field as a leader in child development. Throughout its program, CV emphasizes adventures in learning – in helping children see the exciting possibilities in the world around them as they grow and experience life. Free The Children is an excellent initiative to introduce its students to valuable life-lessons surrounding humanity and charity. Free The Children believes in a world where all young people are free to achieve their fullest potential as agents of change.
The Green School In a swath of jungle near Ubud, Bali, the Green School has just finished the second year of operation. The gong announces the beginning of class, where students learn in bamboo pavilions without walls. A hen and two chicks scuttle across the earth floor of the ampitheatre. The staff has just cleared the remaining banana-leaf plates used to serve the organic lunch. Sustainable Development – Earth Charter Initiative Principle 14 of the Earth Charter emphasizes the importance of “Integrating into…education and life-long learning the knowledge, values, and skills needed for a sustainable way of life”. Education is fundamental to the mission of Earth Charter Initiative. ECI has therefore created the Earth Charter Center for Education for Sustainable Development at the University for Peace in Costa Rica. The Center deepens students’ and program participants’ understanding of sustainability vision and practice, and build the knowledge, skills, attitudes, and values they need to shape a sustainable future.
Ananta Legian Hotel / Airmas Asri Architects: Airmas Asri Location: Legian, Bali, Indonesia Client: Pt. Real Estate Perdana Area: 3133.0 sqm Year: 2012 Photographs: Courtesy of Airmas Asri Consultant: Skemanusa Consultama Teknik Civil Engineering: Ketira Engineering Consultant Interior Consultant: Yvonne Pekerti & Associate Landscape Consultant: Rini Martadi & Associate Main Contractor: Jaya Kusuma Sarana From the architect. Ananta Legian is situated behind Legian Beach, and due to the lack of sufficient area, it was built on a long, narrow site surrounded with local settlements and hostelry buildings.
A 21st Century School on the Cutting Edge of Learning [Slideshow] We are instruments endowed with feeling and memory. Our senses are so many keys that are struck by the nature that surrounds us and that often strike themselves. -- Denis Diderot If form followed function in today's schools, then there would be no need to change the current learning environment. Potty training in three days or less by Karen Zuercher Reviewed by the BabyCenter Medical Advisory Board It sounds like a dream or a gimmick, doesn't it? The idea that your child could get comfortable using the potty in a few days – or even one afternoon – may seem unbelievable to parents expecting potty training to be a lengthy and difficult process. But "quick-training" works for many parents – and it isn't a recent trend.
Archian Designs: Architects in Bacolod, Iloilo, Cebu, Davao & the Philippines April 24, 2011 by Archian Architect Feature: Green School in Bali, Indonesia Environmentalists and designers John and Cynthia Hardy wanted to motivate communities to live sustainably. Part of that effort was to show people how to build with sustainable materials, namely bamboo. The Zapatistas' first school opens for session Yesterday, 1,700 students from around the world enrolled in the first Zapatistas school, held at the University of the People’s Land of Chiapas. (WNV/Moysés Zúñiga Santiago) Last December, tens of thousands of indigenous Zapatistas mobilized, peacefully and in complete silence, to occupy five municipal government office buildings in the state of Chiapas, Mexico. That same day, which coincided with the end of one cycle on the Maya calendar, Zapatistas released a communiqué, asking, “Did you hear it?” It appears that the answer was yes, because this week thousands of people from around the world are descending on Chiapas for the Zapatistas’ first organizing school, called la escuelita de libertad, which means the little school of liberty. Originally the group allotted for only 500 students.
Sewa liburan - Villa di Ubud, Bali, Indonesia - Traditional Eco-Villa in Nature - travelmob The Eco-villa evolved from a desire to construct a dwelling from natural materials which would blend with nature and have minimal impact on the environment.We were very fortunate that Agung Putradhyana, one of Bali’s ‘green’ architects who is passionate about environmental issues, agreed to take on the project. His design is based on one of nature’s great mysteries, called the golden ratio, the golden section, or the golden rectangle. It encompasses the harmonic and symmetrical principles lying behind nature itself. Nature expresses the golden section through a simple series of whole numbers-the Fibonacci series.