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Superuse: book

January5

Constructing new architecture by shortcutting material flows. Another contribution from Lauren ;-)

A practical and inspiring book about constructing new buildings with surplus materials.

Check out the superuse book.

written with love by zulma
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Inhabitat

January5

Design has played a big role in making the world the unsustainable place it now is… can design be part of the solution and stop being part of the problem?

“Inhabitat.com is a weblog devoted to the future of design, tracking the innovations in technology, practices and materials that are pushing architecture and home design towards a smarter and more sustainable future.”

written with love by zulma
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Superuse – funky upcycling

January5

Superuse is a online community of designers, architects and everybody else who is interested in inventive ways of recycling.

Cool ideas for our house in the architecture section.

(thanks Lauren ;-)

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a tree house

January5

another one from Lauren!

Check out the Treehouse Institute of Arts and Culture

These people took the idea of building a house in a tree seriously! And they even have a treehouse institute for those who want to learn everything there is to learn about building a treehouse! Do I fancy a house in a tree?

written with love by zulma
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the tiny house blog

January5

We got this link from Lauren, a lovely KP team16 who came around to visit us in Ajstrup Strand.

“The goal of the tiny house blog is to discover the different options available for a person looking to down size into a tiny house or cabin. I will be looking at different type of construction, from logs, to yurts to modern and the unusual. I will also do book reviews, look at alternate energy for heat and electricity.”

I totally share Kent Griswold’s love for tiny spaces… I don’t know what it is about them, they feel safer, more playful, cozy… and then it doesn’t take as long to clean the house…

written with love by zulma
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Shelter

January5

Hey Rowan and Zulma,
REALLY nice to see you new years eve, hope you didn’t catch any viruses off me ;-)

My friend Søren told me about Shelter Publications and has shown me a few of their books. Their book “Shelter” is a classic, with many beautifully illustrated ways of building a home or a shelter. From many cultures. Check it out for inspiration: shelterpub

Søren has built his own very sustainable Straw Bale House: halmhus
He also owns two Mongolian Yourts and two few circus wagons. Among other interesting things. When I saw the Yourts I instantly thought of you ;-)

Love
Thomas

written with love by Thomas
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Building with Superadobe (and the whole family!)

January4

cal-earth
The founding philosophy is the equilibrium of the natural elements of earth, water, air, and fire and their unity at the service of the arts and humanity. The Cal-Earth project has transformed this philosophy through hands-on research into sustainable earth architecture through building and testing life-size prototypes, and by educating the public in environmental arts, architecture, and awareness.

The technology and designs developed at Cal-Earth are inspired by timeless principles in architecture: the universal natural elements, the arch and its derivatives of the vault, dome, and apse; sustainable energy, natural geometry and symmetry of structure, the unity of tension and compression.

This building system focuses on housing as a basic human right, and on the economic empowerment of people by participating in creating their own homes and communities, while at the same time addressing today’s global needs: preserving natural resources and energy, halting deforestation, slowing pollution and global warming, promoting health, healing communities and cultures shattered by globalization, sheltering the homeless and refugees.

Cal-Earth houses and infrastructure are constructed by unskilled labor, using available on-site earthen material, local supplies of sandbags and barbed wire, and usually a locally produced stabilizer (lime, cement, or asphalt). Hands-on team work molds the solutions for sustainable development while the flexibility of plan and finishes allows the integration of indigenous, traditional forms, patterns, and colors.

Cal-Earth’s next educational plan is a Distance Learning Program to be broadcast directly from the institute to universities, NGO’s and disaster struck areas in need of shelter around the world, in a hands-on, live, interactive format.

http://calearth.org/about/about-cal-earth.html

cal-earth-workshops

Cal-Earth believes that the whole family should be able to build together, men and women, from grandma to the youngest child. As such, we have spent many years researching hands-on how to make the process simpler and easier. There should be no heavy lifting or backaches, no expensive equipment, and a flexible and fast construction. The bags are filled in place on the wall using small pots like coffee cans, or even kitchen utensils. You can build alone or as a group.

http://calearth.org/building-designs/what-is-superadobe.html

Check out some gorgeous images here:
http://calearth.org/galleries/eco-dome.html
http://calearth.org/galleries/earth-one.html
http://calearth.org/galleries/emergency-shelter-village.html
http://calearth.org/galleries/rumi-dome.html

cal-earth-2

written with love by Amy
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Pioneers of Change Colombia

December26

Idea:

To create a network of people passionate about making a difference in Colombia and working on a variety of projects together that all are informed by the same purpose of creating a more spacious, just and lifeaffirming system of influence in Colombia.

A network where we can crosspolinate each others ideas and invite the right people for a specific project, as it is needed.

Purpose:

Together we will, in an on-going process, develop the commitment, understanding, and a network of relationships to create or transform systems that they may come to serve Life, and operate in life-affirming ways.

Key People:

International: Julie, Mille, Zaid, Frauke, Lesley, Carsten,
Colombia: Pablo, Susanna

Income potential:

Nothing direct, but has the potential of generating projects that in turn can generate income

Status:

Idea state, but is a model that very easily could substitute the Hub community or compliment it.

Next Steps:

Define the structure and offer more in detail
Explore who are interested in Colombia
Invite people
Work together

Inspired by:

Pioneers of Change

written with love by rowan
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Indigenous Wisdom Stories

December26

Idea:

To collect the stories of the indigenous people of Colombia and making them available through books and dolls depecting the different tribes in colombia.

Purpose:

To make the indigenous culture, peoples and wisdom visible, accesible and valued in the Colombian society.

Key People:

International:
Colombia:

Income potential:

Status:

Idea state

Next Steps:

Inspired by:

Solen dukker
Anatomic dolls

written with love by rowan
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Discipline of Peace Colombia

December26

Idea:

To provide introductions and youth training about the discipline of the first peace. To connect to peace projects and offer this capacity building training to youth and people passionate about making a personal effort for peace.

Purpose:

To create a larger culture of peace and understanding of differences in Colombia in order to strengthen the work towards peace int he country.

Key People:

International: James O Dea, WindEagle, Carl, Vanessa, Maria and Sarah
Colombia: Santa Marta contact

Income potential:

Not much… possibly something if we connect it to other work connected with peace or indigenous wisdom

Status:

Rowan will be a certified youth trainer by 2010.

Next Steps:

Contact James o Dea
Find initiatives that would like to include this approach

Inspired by:

The Discipline of Peace

written with love by rowan
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