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The Name of Sustainable Architecture’s Favorite New Material is M-U-D

In Mali, an ancient building technique proves far more sensible than wasteful modern alternatives.

The Great Mud Mosque of Djenné. Photo by Ruud Zwart via Wikimedia commons

A new-yet-old building material is revolutionizing construction and energy consumption in Mali. Promising to drive down base costs, improve insulation, and keep out heat, this green innovation is great news for one of the world’s poorest and most beleaguered nations, especially since wood, a major component in most hoses and source of fuel, has been scarce there for well over a decade. The name of this miracle building block is mud. That’s not an acronym or anything. Mali and many other neighboring nations have recently discovered how to solve a slew of development problems using plain old, dirt-and-water mud.

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How a Lyrical Response to Extremism Became the Oscars’ Most Misunderstood Nominee

Timbuktu paints a sensitive, knowing portrait of life under militant Islamic rule in Western Africa, one that’s already being misinterpreted.

Kidane and his family in their tent.

How far away, really, is Timbuktu?

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Kinkajou Projector Brings Literacy to Mali

Teaching adults to read is a difficult enough task in and of itself, but in rural Mali, teachers also face classrooms without electricity and books weathered by the punishing desert climate. Enter the Kinkajou Projector, a fusion of high and low technology that makes teaching night literacy classes as..

[youtube]http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5B_RK61NI1QTeaching adults to read is a difficult enough task in and of itself, but in rural Mali, teachers also face classrooms without electricity and books weathered by the punishing desert climate. Enter the Kinkajou Projector, a fusion of high and low technology that makes teaching night literacy classes as easy as ABC.LEARN MOREDesign That Matters

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