Yeah, it kinda sucks to be a Palestinian these days, what with the failed peace talks and everyone but you having an Arab Spring. That doesn't mean your non-state state isn't making progress, though: Just check out the plans for this zero-emissions school.

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The United Nations Relief and Works Agency is going to roll out 20 of them, all designed by the world-famous Mario Cucinella Architects. "[T]he school will support 800 students and use rainwater, geothermal, and solar systems instead of [municipal] water and energy grids," reports Sun Joo Kim at SmartPlanet.

All of the schools will be built from local materials so that they can be reproduced cheaply. No word yet on how they'll stand up when being shelled by tanks.

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