Wow, this Friday Finds has me a bit excited. Those who know me are aware of how much I love, and I really mean LOVE, books. So, what do you get when you cross a love of books with a love of trees and a desire to repurpose, reuse and reinvent things? A Book Forest. Fallen trees have been reclaimed and reinvented as public bookshelves on the streets of Berlin. Utilised by Book crossers (I have written about book crossing here if you need a refresher), the book cases are not only a practical but also a beautiful way for people to exchange books.
This is not only a great idea in itself, but it was also born from a very innovative organisation. Baufachfrau Berlin are an educational institution for women in the building industry.
BAUFACHFRAU Berlin e.V. is a recognised educational institution for women working in the building enterprise. It develops and executes employment and qualification projects on a local, regional as well as European level.
The association emerged from the idea of interconnecting designers, artisans and environmental engineers to improve the occupational opportunities of women in technical fields.
BAUFACHFRAU Berlin e.V. qualifies women working in the building enterprise and trains cabinetmakers. Since its foundation artisans, architects and environmetal engineers plan and execute jointly ecological, social and environmental education projects. In doing so the association gained wide experience of the vocational education of persons of different educational level. In this context cross-generational participation projects in the neighbourhood and the project work in schools as well as intercultural communication play a crucial role. Guiding theme of all projects is the promotion of resource-saving and sustainable construction.