METI Handmade School

Anna Heringer for Dipshikha

This Modern Education and Training Institute (METI) school in Rudrapur, Bangladesh, was designed by architect Anna Henringer and constructed using local materials (such as clay and bamboo) and local labour.

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The Handmade School designed by Anna Heringer for Dipshikha’s METI (Modern Education and Training Institute) is a sustainable design for a building made entirely with local materials, technology and labour. It employed over 50 locals over the 6 months it took to be built. It is made out of bamboo, mud, straw, bricks, and other locally sourced materials. Measuring 325 square meters, it has 3 classrooms in the ground floor, two dividable classrooms on the upper floor, and 6 “caves” where children can read or relax. The design won the 2007 Aga Khan Award for Architecture.

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The project was implemented by Dipshikha  in partnership with Shanti.

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The project had a budget of €35000 ($41,198.53USD, as of May 2018)

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The project heavily relies on locally sourced natural materials that may be limited by local availability.


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Goal 11: Aims to create sustainable design using local labour and materials.

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168 students in the village (or the NGO who uses the building for its METI project)

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