6 dic. 2016

mushrooms, future & vegan leather
















#Closed-loop process uses abundant, natural fibers to create 100‰ biodegradable materials, making this an infinitely renewable technology.

#A new kind of leather grown rapidly from mycelium and agricultural byproducts in a carbon-negative process

#Custom-engineered material is sustainable, versatile, and animal–free. Best of all, it feels and performs like leather.

#Mycelium can be grown in almost any kind of agriculture waste, including sawdust and pistachio shells. 

#MycoWorks inoculates it with the live culture of the reishi mushroom, which will feed off of anything, unlike other pickier mushrooms. 

#The mushrooms grow together within the material, which can be configured into any shape, forming natural polymers that adhere like glue.

# The material is then baked to kill the organisms, so that if it ever got wet, mushrooms wouldn’t start sprouting again.

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Versatile
Sustainable
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 And since it's made from natural fibers, it breathes and feels like leather.

This leather is uniquely customizable

Any textures and other features can be grown right into the material.

 And unlike animal hides, these materials can be grown to nearly any size and shape.

More info @ mycoworks

11 nov. 2016

bits of wisdom: regenerative development and effectiveness






Renowned sustainable architect and designer, Bill Reed, gives a presentation entitled
 "From Sustainability through Regeneration: 
Whole and Living System Design"
 at the Pittsburgh Green Building Alliance's Green, Healthy Schools conference 
on November 4, 2010



"Building on the visionary work of John T. Lyle and many others, Bill Reed and the team at Regenesis have developed a coherent design framework for regenerative development. It describes the progressive integration of deeper levels of learning from nature, to the imitation, restoration and tending of nature. There is a step-change in our effectiveness as we shift our perception towards participation, and we become fully conscious again of the fact that we are nature and as such, capable of design as nature. I believe that this re-conciliatory step of acknowledging our participatory agency in the complexity of nature is absolutely crucial if we hope to create a regenerative human presence on planet Earth." 
Daniel Christian Wahl










"If I had an hour to solve a problem and my life depended on the solution, I would spend the first 55 minutes determining the proper question to ask. For once I know the proper question, I could solve the problem in less than five minutes."
 Albert Einstein










"To make the world work for 100% of humanity in the shortest possible time through spontaneous cooperation without ecological offence or the disadvantage of anyone."

R. Buckminster Fuller





"To simply design for sustainability is no longer enough; we need to design for regeneration. Collectively, as a species, we already have done too much damage to simply aim for sustainability — what William McDonough calls "100 percent less bad." We have to undo the damage done over centuries — in some cases over millennia. We have to regenerate healthy ecosystems functions everywhere. To be able to do this well, we have to become good at designing as nature."




+++ Info>>>















6 sept. 2016

21 mar. 2016

Prototyping for development: transforming women's lives [Abetenim, Ghana]




The consequences of not having access to basic services as clean water and toilets affect WOMAN and GIRLS the most. [watch WaterAid's video for more details]


This eco-effective prototype-house:

- eliminates the health & safety risks caused by the lack of domestic SANITATION [dry toilet]
- generates free ORGANIC FREE FERTILIZER & COMPOST [UDDT system]
- collects, stores and treats the rain in order to provide FREE CLEAN WATER [green roof + storage tank + solar powered UV lamp system]

This can ONLY happen if we have your SUPPORT, PLEASE DONATE, any little helps:

https://www.gofundme.com/PROTOTYPE-GHANA16




27 feb. 2016

PROTOTYPING FOR DEVELOPMENT : GHANA - CROWD-FUNDING CAMPAIGN



Are you ready for a life-changing experience? 


Do you want to be part of an international cooperative project where your actions have a direct positive impact on other’s lives?


How can YOU become ESSENTIAL for the project success?  It is easy, there are two ways of getting involved: 


1. FROM YOUR HOME:  

a.       SHARE THE INFORMATION: Please help us share the information: the more people know about the project the more chances we have for this campaign to be successful

b.       SHARE YOUR KNOWLEDGE: Send us your opinion, your ideas, share your expertise and knowledge

c.       PLEASE DONATE!! However small or big.

          CHECK OUT the exclusive REWARDS 


2. ON SITE:  

We are inviting all student or graduates in architecture, engineering, design or anyone passionate with sustainable architecture, ecology and development, adventurers and social volunteers to PARTICIPATE in this life-changing experience. The Eco-effective architecture workshop is a hands-on full-on site-specific opportunity and it promises high-impact learning and a UNIQUE experience for personal and professional development for both local and international participants.
This is the challenge:

WHEN 

1/06/16 to 30/07/16 

WHERE

Abetenim, Ejisu-Juaben District [GHANA]

WHAT

Prototype House

HOW

The goal is to develop an engineered SOLUTION which is the most EFFECTIVE in its context, has a POSITIVE incidence in both the ENVIRONMENT and the COMMUNITY and whose TECHNOLOGY and KNOWLEDGE can be easily REPLICATED LOCALLY.


Main strategies:

# FREE CLEAN POWER: Solar Energy

#  FREE CLEAN WATER: Rain water collection, storage and healthy treatment

#  UP-CYCLING of materials(bio-sphere/techno-sphere) 

#  Zero WASTE

#  Local EMPOWERING

#  BIOCLIMATIC design
#  LOW COST building

 This project aims to provide a model that is not only OFF-GRID and self-sufficient but it also generates MORE CLEAN ENERGY AND CLEAN WATER than it needs so it will benefit the ones living in and also the surrounding community. This is what we call a POSITIVE FOOTPRINT and this is what this PROTOTYPE is about. 

ECO-EFFECTIVENESS is a positive agenda for the conception and production of architecture that enables a triple top line growth by incorporating SOCIAL, ECONOMIC and ENVIRONMENTAL benefit.


Please check LINKS below for additional information:


- NKA Foundation web page www.nkafoundation.org 

- TAP (The Architects Project)  www.medium.com/tap-blog/interview 


The FULL amount raised will go to: 

A. SALARIES£2000


#  We want to offer the people from Abetenim who will be involved in the project wages above the average amount they currently receive [Ghc25 = £5 / Ghc55 = £10 per day for unskilled/skilled] and your CONTRIBUTION will make it possible.


B.  CONSTRUCTION MATERIALS: £5000

#  All materials are locally sourced,

#  Some of them are raw materials that do not need to be purchased nor transported, like the local earth we will be using for the superstructure rammed walls.

#  Others are up-cycled materials that neither need to be purchased nor transported, only need to be collected in the village, like cans, bottles, tyres...

#  Materials for foundations, roof structure, plumbing and electrics are the principal cost in this chapter.  


C. TECHNOLOGY: £3000

#  SOLAR ENERGY KIT [Includes equipment and installation] The prototype has an integrated approach to community empowerment that draws on a limitless and clean source of energy, the Sun, to provide solutions that improve the life in the village; your donation will bring solar energy to the community and you will be helping to lead the effort to make clean energy technologies available to all.


#  WATER COLLECTION & PURIFICATION SYSTEM [Includes equipment and installation]. Only the lack of clean water contributes to 70% percent of the country’s diseases, such as cholera and typhoid, this prototype provides free drinkable water all year long.




About the campaign organizer: Karla Paz Sans


I am a Building Engineer-Technical Architect with more than 10 years of professional experience gained within the construction sector with proven success as Project and Construction Manager in both U.K. and Spain. I specialize in Sustainable Architecture and International Cooperation for Development. 

My ethos [both personal and professional] is guided by the deep desire of a delightfully diverse, safe, healthy and just world with clean air, water, soil and power – economically, equitably, ecologically and elegantly enjoyed. My personal strategy is to work towards this goal throughout empowerment and eco-effective architecture by locally gathering and channelling needs, skills and knowledge towards a holistic positive footprint.

The main reason for me to come to Ghana is my upcoming role as Project Manager for the construction of Abetenim Secondary School lead by the initiative of the NKA Foundation (further their success in previous projects as the Primary School and the recently completed Library).

While researching about the village I discovered the daily challenges faced by this rural community due to the insufficient electrical supply, precarious access to clean water, architectonical pathologies in traditional buildings, economic development limitations, environmental issues, etc. after examining all these factors I felt I could bring a dynamic perspective not only to the project but to the empowerment process. 

As part of the data compilation stage I got in contact with several organizations and particulars all around the world. One of the most interesting encounters happened while attending a seminar at London CASS (Sir John Cass Faculty of Art, Architecture and Design) entitled “Tapping local resources for sustainable development” where I met other colleagues that had been recently involved with different projects in Abetenim.

I have also made a contact within the Abetenim community who is currently enabling me to get first-hand information about local prices and constraints, who will support me while I am there and who will be helping as an expert Twi-English translator on site once I arrive. This will be really useful because even though I have been practising these last months, Twi is definitely not an easy language. 

The true technical and personal convincement on the positive impact that the prototype will have on this specific community is so strong that I have taken the intricate decision of resigning my job as a Project Manager in London in order to travel to Abetenim to transform a profession into a responsible mission and my passion into tangible actions.



*****REWARDS*****
£5 or more
THANK YOU CARD for supporting our project and the lyrics of a traditional local song
£25 or more
THANK YOU CARD for supporting our project
THANK YOU PICTURE: We will take a picture of whatever you would like to see of Abetenim and nearby villages i.e. the sunrise, moon as it looks from the dark jungle, children at play, a laughing/smiling face, cocoa trees, a shadow, parts of the prototype … it is entirely your choice so go ahead send us your request. We will exhibit all of the pics on the Prototype Facebook page (choose a title for your requested picture and confirm in case you would like to be tagged on it) or alternatively let us know if you only want to receive the picture privately via email.
£50 or more
THANK YOU CARD for supporting our project
THANK YOU PICTURE: We will take a picture of whatever you would like to see of Abetenim and nearby villages i.e. the sunrise, moon as it looks from the dark jungle, children at play, a laughing/smiling face, cocoa trees, a shadow, parts of the prototype … it is entirely your choice so go ahead send us your request. We will exhibit all of the pics on the Prototype Facebook page (choose a title for your requested picture and confirm in case you would like to be tagged on it) or alternatively let us know if you only want to receive the picture privately via email.
THANK YOU FILM: You will receive a copy of a short film documenting the challenges and successes of this project + we'll list you as a donor in the credits line in the film
£100 or more
THANK YOU CARD for supporting our project
THANK YOU PICTURE:: We will take a picture of whatever you would like to see of Abetenim and nearby villages i.e. the sunrise, moon as it looks from the dark jungle, children at play, a laughing/smiling face, cocoa trees, a shadow, parts of the prototype … it is entirely your choice so go ahead send us your request. We will exhibit all of the pics on the Prototype Facebook page (choose a title for your requested picture and confirm in case you would like to be tagged on it) or alternatively let us know if you only want to receive the picture privately via email.
THANK YOU FILM: You will receive a copy of a short film documenting the challenges and successes of this project + we'll list you as a donor in the credits line in the film
THANK YOU ON SITE: In addition to the above, you will receive a Guest Certificate of Appreciation that guarantees the donor a 2-day stay in Abetenim to see the project you helped to fund. This offer is redeemable until November 8, 2018. Offer is transferable, so it will make a unique gift
£200 or more
THANK YOU CARD for supporting our project
THANK YOU PICTURE: We will take a picture of whatever you would like to see of Abetenim and nearby villages i.e. the sunrise, moon as it looks from the dark jungle, children at play, a laughing/smiling face, cocoa trees, a shadow, parts of the prototype … it is entirely your choice so go ahead send us your request. We will exhibit all of the pics on the Prototype Facebook page (choose a title for your requested picture and confirm in case you would like to be tagged on it) or alternatively let us know if you only want to receive the picture privately via email.
THANK YOU FILM: You will receive a copy of a short film documenting the challenges and successes of this project + we'll list you as a donor in the credits line in the film
THANK YOU ON SITE: In addition to the above, you will receive a Guest Certificate of Appreciation that guarantees the donor a 2-day stay in Abetenim to see the project you helped to fund. This offer is redeemable until November 8, 2018. Offer is transferable, so it will make a unique gift
PLEASE SPEAK YOUR MIND: You can choose a positive message/sentence and we will incorporate it as a decorative writing in the prototype [walls, floors, etc]
£2,000 or more
YOU ARE AWESOME! THIS IS "YOUR PROTOTYPE". We will reward you with the opportunity to NAME the prototype after you, or another name of your choice.
THANK YOU CARD for supporting our project
THANK YOU PICTURE: We will take a picture of whatever you would like to see of Abetenim and nearby villages i.e. the sunrise, moon as it looks from the dark jungle, children at play, a laughing/smiling face, cocoa trees, a shadow, parts of the prototype … it is entirely your choice so go ahead send us your request. We will exhibit all of the pics on the Prototype Facebook page (choose a title for your requested picture and confirm in case you would like to be tagged on it) or alternatively let us know if you only want to receive the picture privately via email.
THANK YOU FILM: You will receive a copy of a short film documenting the challenges and successes of this project + we'll list you as a donor in the credits.
THANK YOU ON SITE: In addition to the above, you will receive a Guest Certificate of Appreciation that guarantees the donor a 2-day stay in Abetenim to see the project you helped to fund. This offer is redeemable until November 8, 2018. Offer is transferable, so it will make a unique gift
PLEASE SPEAK YOUR MIND: You can choose a positive message/sentence and we will incorporate it as a decorative writing in the prototype [walls, floors, etc] 

Arquitectura ECO-EFICAZ: Prototipo para el desarrollo [Ghana] - CROWFUNDING


 

¿Estás preparado para una experiencia vital, para ser parte de un proyecto de cooperación a nivel internacional donde tus acciones tienen un impacto directo y positivo en la vida de otros?

TÚ eres ESENCIAL para el éxito del proyecto. Es sencillo, hay dos maneras de involucrarse
1. DESDE TU CASA:
a.       COMPARTIENDO LA INFORMACION: Cuanta más gente conozca el Proyecto y esta campaña, mayor será su probabilidad de éxito
b.       COMPARTIENDO TUS CONOCIMIENTOS: Envíanos tu opinión, tus ideas, comparte tus experiencias y conocimientos. 
c.       DONANDONo importa la cantidad, cualquier ayuda es util. Echa un vistazo a los exclusivos REGALOS de agradecimienton  al final del texto.

2. IN SITU
Estamos invitando a estudiantes y graduados en arquitectura, ingenierías y diseño o cualquiera con pasión por la arquitectura sostenible, la ecología y el desarrollo, aventureros y voluntarios sociales a PARITCIPAR en esta experiencia vital. El taller en arquitectura eco-eficaz es una oportunidad práctica intensiva y especifica que promete un aprendizaje de gran impacto y una experiencia UNICA para el desarrollo tanto personal como profesional para todos los participantes, locales e internacionales.
Este es el reto:
CUANDO 1/06/16 - 30/07/16
DONDE Abetenim, Ejisu-Juaben District [GHANA]. 
QUE Casa prototipo
COMO:  El objetivo es desarrollar una SOLUCIÓN ARQUITECTONICA que sea lo más EFICAZ posible en su contexto, tenga una incidencia POSITIVA tanto en el MEDIO AMBIENTE como en la COMUNIDAD y cuya TECNOLOGIA y CONOCIMIENTO sean fácilmente REPRODUCIBLES LOCALMENTE. . 
Principales estrategias: # ENERGIA LIMPIA Y GRATIS: Solar fotovoltaica #  AGUA LIMPIA Y GRATIS: Recogida de agua de lluvia, almacenamiento y tratamiento #  Up-cycling de los MATERIALES (bio-esfera / tecno-esfera) #  Cero RESIDUO #  EMPODERAMIENTO local #  Diseño BIOCLIMATICO #  BAJO COSTE
Este proyecto pretende proporcionar un modelo que no solamente es AUTÓNOMO y AUTOSUFICIENTE sino que además genera  más ENERGIA y AGUA de la que necesita para su uso por lo tanto además de beneficiar a los que viven en ella, lo hace también a la comunidad que lo rodea. Esto es lo que llamamos HUELLA POSITIVA y es de lo que este PROTOTIPO se trata.  La ECO-EFICACIA es una agenda positiva para la concepción y producción de arquitectura que incorpora beneficio social, económico y medioambiental, posibilitando una línea de triple crecimiento.
Información adicional siguiendo los ENLACES a continuación:
- Evento en Facebook: Eco-Effective Architecture Workshop  
- NKA Foundation   www.nkafoundation.org 
- TAP (The Architects Project)  www.medium.com/tap-blog/interview 


Todo el dinero recaudado ira destinado a:
A. Salarios: £2000
# Queremos ofrecer a la gente de Abetenim que estará involucrada en el proyecto, un salario superior al que actualmente reciben de media (£5 al día para  no-especializado y £10 al día para especializado). Y tu contribución lo puede hacer posible. 
B.  Materiales de construcción: £5000
# Todos son obtenidos localmente. #  Algunos son materias primas que no necesitan ser compradas o transportadas como la tierra que se usara en los muros de tapial,  #  Otros son materiales “up-cycled” que no necesitan ser comparados o transportados pero si recolectados en la aldea y su entorno como latas, botellas, neumáticos… #  Los materiales para la cimentación, cubierta, fontanería y electricidad son el gasto más importante dentro de este capitulo 
C. Tecnología: £3000
#  EQUIPO FOTOVOLTAICO SOLAR: [Incluye suministro e instalación] El prototipo tiene un enfoque integrado hacia el empoderamiento de la comunidad que se sustenta en una fuente de energía ilimitada y limpia, el sol, para proveer soluciones que mejoren las condiciones de vida en la aldea. Tu donación llevara energía solar a esta comunidad rural y al mismo tiempo estarás ayudando a liderar los esfuerzos para conseguir hacer que la tecnología de la energía limpia esté al alcance de todos
#  SISTEMA DE RECOGIDA Y PURIFICACI’N DE AGUA DE LLUVIA: [Incluye suministro e instalación]. Solamente la falta de acceso al agua potable contribuye al 70% de las enfermedades del país, como el cólera o la fiebre tifoidea. Este prototipo proporciona agua potable gratis a lo largo de todo el año.



******REGALOS DE AGRADECIMIENTO******
£5 o más # TARJETA  de agradecimiento por apoyar el proyecto y la letra de una canción tradicional local.
£25 o más #TARJETA  de agradecimiento por apoyar el proyecto y la letra de una canción tradicional local. #  FOTO PERSONAL: Tomaremos una foto de lo  que a ti más te gustaría ver de Abetenim y las aldeas cercanas, por ejemplo un amanecer, la luna desde la oscuridad de jungla,  niños jugando, una cara sonriente, árbol del cacao, una sombra, partes del prototipo, etc… está en tus manos así que envíanos tu petición. Exhibiremos todas las fotografías en la página de Facebook del prototipo (elije un título para tu foto y confírmanos si te gustaría ser etiquetado en ella). Alternativamente podemos enviarte la foto de manera privada vía correo electrónico.
£50 o más #TARJETA  de agradecimiento por apoyar el proyecto y la letra de una canción tradicional local. #FOTO PERSONAL: Tomaremos una foto de lo  que a ti más te gustaría ver de Abetenim y las aldeas cercanas, por ejemplo un amanecer, la luna desde la oscuridad de jungla,  niños jugando, una cara sonriente, árbol del cacao, una sombra, partes del prototipo, etc… esta en tus manos así que envíanos tu petición. Exhibiremos todas las fotografías en la página de Facebook del prototipo (elije un título para tu foto y confírmanos si te gustaría ser etiquetado en ella). Alternativamente podemos enviarte la foto de manera privada vía correo electrónico. #  DOCUMENTAL: Recibirás un video documentando los retos y éxitos del proyecto y tu nombre aparecerá en los créditos como donante del proyecto.

£100 o más #TARJETA de agradecimiento por apoyar el proyecto y la letra de una canción tradicional local. #FOTO PERSONAL: Tomaremos una foto de lo que a ti más te gustaría ver de Abetenim y las aldeas cercanas, por ejemplo un amanecer, la luna desde la oscuridad de jungla, niños jugando, una cara sonriente, árbol del cacao, una sombra, partes del prototipo, etc… esta en tus manos así que envíanos tu petición. Exhibiremos todas las fotografías en la página de Facebook del prototipo (elije un título para tu foto y confírmanos si te gustaría tiquetado en ella). Alternativamente podemos enviarte la foto de manera privada vía correo electrónico. # DOCUMENTAL: Recibirás un video documentando los retos y éxitos del proyecto y tu nombre aparecerá en los créditos como donante del proyecto. #  INVITADO A ABETENIM: Recibirás un Certificado de Apreciación que te garantiza una estancia de dos días en Abetenim para ver el proyecto que has ayudado a construir. Esta oferta es válida hasta Diciembre de 2017 y SI es transferible, lo que la hace un fantástico regalo.ser e
£200 o más #TARJETA  de agradecimiento por apoyar el proyecto y la letra de una canción tradicional local. #FOTO PERSONAL: Tomaremos una foto de lo  que a ti más te gustaría ver de Abetenim y las aldeas cercanas, por ejemplo un amanecer, la luna desde la oscuridad de jungla,  niños jugando, una cara sonriente, árbol del cacao, una sombra, partes del prototipo, etc… esta en tus manos así que envíanos tu petición. Exhibiremos todas las fotografías en la página de Facebook del prototipo (elije un título para tu foto y confírmanos si te gustaría ser etiquetado en ella). Alternativamente podemos enviarte la foto de manera privada vía correo electrónico. # DOCUMENTAL: Recibirás un video documentando los retos y éxitos del proyecto y tu nombre aparecerá en los créditos como donante del proyecto. # INVITADO A ABETENIM: Recibirás un Certificado de Apreciación que te garantiza una estancia de dos días en Abetenim para ver el proyecto que has ayudado a construir. Esta oferta es válida hasta Diciembre de 2017 y SI es transferible, lo que la convierte un fantástico regalo. # DEJA HUELLA EN EL PROTOTIPO: Escoge una frase o mensaje positivo y lo incorporaremos como escritura decorativa en el prototipo (muros, suelos, etc.)
 £2,000 o más # Este es TU proyecto. Tienes la oportunidad de PONER NOMBRE al prototipo.  #TARJETA  de agradecimiento por apoyar el proyecto y la letra de una canción tradicional local. # FOTO: Tomaremos una foto de lo  que a ti más te gustaría ver de Abetenim y las aldeas cercanas, por ejemplo un amanecer, la luna desde la oscuridad de jungla,  niños jugando, una cara sonriente, árbol del cacao, una sombra, partes del prototipo, etc… esta en tus manos así que envíanos tu petición. Exhibiremos todas las fotografías en la página de Facebook del prototipo (elije un título para tu foto y confírmanos si te gustaría ser etiquetado en ella). Alternativamente podemos enviarte la foto de manera privada vía correo electrónico. # DOCUMENTAL: Recibirás un video documentando los retos y éxitos del proyecto y tu nombre aparecerá en los créditos como donante del proyecto. # INVITADO A ABETENIM: Recibirás un Certificado de Apreciación que te garantiza una estancia de dos días en Abetenim para ver el proyecto que has ayudado a construir. Esta oferta es válida hasta Diciembre de 2017 y SI es transferible, lo que la convierte un fantástico regalo. # DEJA HUELLA EN EL PROTOTIPO: Escoge una frase o mensaje positivo y lo incorporaremos como escritura decorativa en el prototipo (muros, suelos, etc.)