This Nigerian school is set to rise. The floating structure was built by Dutch and Nigerian architecture, design and urbanism firm NLÉ to serve the slum neighborhood of Makoko, much of which exists on stilts above a lagoon in the port city of Lagos. Looking to mitigate the compounding problem of massive population movements to urban areas and the realities of climate change, NLÉ built the school as a prototype for a broader urban planning initiative called Lagos Water Communities Project.
Their design conforms to the local necessity of building houses on stilts above the lagoon with flotation platforms crafted from 256 common plastic barrels. This will allow the three-story primary school to rise along with sea level due to climate change or rainfall. The architects also designed it to provide natural ventilation, water from a rain collection system and power from rooftop solar panels to occupants. The almost 2,400 square-foot bamboo and wood building can safely hold up to 100 students.
Building an open source map of the world’s languages (via rgreco)
I like that the semi-transparent colours support overlapping languages, although eventually it could get hard to read.
Looks like a fair number of people are contributing — the picture above is already out of date! Certain parts are pretty rough/inconsistent at the moment (e.g. why is English spoken up to the tip of North America, but not Inuktitut?) but hopefully these will get fixed as the map grows.
Things that English needs number 600: Okay, so you know how sometimes you get asked questions like “So, you don’t like chocolate?” and you have to answer “Yes, I mean, No… I JUST LIKE CHOCOLATE”… well, many languages have a yes for this. It’s like a negative yes that when I first learnt it in French, I thought it was annoying but now I realise that that is so cool! I’m kinda jealous of you other languages…
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