Maand: december 2015

OSHP almost won the ASN World Prize

The past months we were in the race for a ‘wanted’ Dutch prize, the ASN World Prize. Out of more than 700 very good projects we were selected, together with 9 other projects as 10 best projects in the category ‘Sustainable and safe housing’. Eventually we were selected with the last five projects but after that selection 3 other projects were selected to go the final round. We could use the financial boost of the prize but we are happy we made it this far. It has been some good promotion for our project and it forced us to...

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Ecovillage Project in East Africa

The designer’s own words: A Model of an Ecovillage in the East African Community This ecovillage project in East Africa aims to construct an ecovillage to provide for self-sustainable poverty alleviation in the East African Community. The East African Community is an organization formed by citizens of Tanzania, Kenya, Uganda, Rwanda and Burundi, the five countries surrounding Lake Victoria. Ecovillage Project in East Africa Lake Victoria is the biggest lake in Africa. It is the third biggest lake in the world. It is known as ” Darwin’s Dreampond”, well known for its biodiversity. In the present time, Lake Victoria is a place of...

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Earthbag Dome Materials Calculator

By: Kelly Hart There is a fun and free online tool for calculating the materials needed for building earthbag domes. I think that it errors on the conservative side, but this is probably a good thing. If you go to www.terra-form.org you can interact with the calculator. First you enter the bag size that you plan to use and then the radius of the base. If it considers the size of the bag inadequate for that size of dome, it will warn you about this. Earthbag Dome Materials Calculator You have the choice of entering how the bag gets...

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Built your own DIY Greenhouse

Built your own DIY Greenhouse easily. One of the greatest features of a geodesic dome is the strength. The triangles in the frame distribute weight equally throughout the structure, so no internal supports are needed. Geodesic domes hold up very well to wind and other elements, making them ideal for just about any climate. The size can be easily scaled up or down by expanding or reducing the size of the base and adding or subtracting triangles accordingly. Built your own DIY Greenhouse Geodesic dome greenhouse kits can be purchased ready to install, or they can be built from...

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