Design resourcefulness and the urban community. .
In my experience the best projects are multipurpose. Take for example the Samuel Eto’o Laikipia Unity Football Academy, School and Environmental Education Centre at Endana Secondary School in East Africa. The development project provides a multi-faceted sustainable solution centred around education health wellness and #water harvesting for a region prone to flash flooding, followed by long droughts that cause severe water shortages for its 330 million inhabitants.
Developed by the Zeitz Foundation and designed by PITCHAfrica - an amazing non-profit architectural practice that designs “waterbank” stadiums and schools and open sources its designs - the 5-building complex includes a high school, dormitories, the only football academy in the region, as well as an accompanying Sustainable Centre that showcases a variety of alternative energy, water and land management technologies and approaches, including a conservation agriculture farm, a tree nursery and a woodlot. The conservation agriculture plots demonstrate environmentally sustainable cultivation practices and drip irrigation systems, producing green vegetables and nutrients for the students as well as farming training.
The 1,500-seat football and volleyball stadium has an overall rain harvesting and storage capacity of 1.5 million litres. Rainwater is captured and stored beneath the sports pitch, purified and then made available to the community.
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