Mobile Training Team: Training and Information Unit Woodless Construction in the Sahel Project Proposal

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In 1980 an integrated rural development project in Niger became aware of problems in obtaining organic materials; notably wood; for traditional housing. This problem was and is part of the larger problem of desertification - natural resources becoming increasingly scarce; the people who depend on them aggravating the problem by "over" - consumption and being forced to search for alternatives. Development Workshop was invited by the project to introduce domes and vaults as an alternative to the use of wood for roof-building and chose the Nubian system of construction.

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  • 1990s


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