Think Superuse Workshop: Oxford I UK I 2009 May 18, 2009

Skills and knowledge for the methods of re-using waste material in new development is severely lacking and underdeveloped within the construction industry and architectural profession. Some theory surrounds the subject, but few practical examples of tested building methods exist. Furthermore, few opportunities exist within architectural education or amongst qualified professionals to work with waste materials and learn about or test processes necessary for understanding how to apply the reused waste materials to the design of new buildings. Download a pdf>>

Governance and Waste: The Eden Project I Cornwall I UK I 2008 December 17, 2008

Waste collection, re-use, recycling and building with waste are themes that dominate in the discourse on national and international development. To achieve sustainable development, buildings need to generate less waste during construction, use and demolition. Waste management offers opportunities for community decision making, social enterprises and small scale businesses. This may take place in partnership with state and private sector organisations, and aims to reduce the impact of waste on the environment. Waste management needs participation, partnerships and collective decision…

Vulnerability and Risk: Rebuilding after disaster I Langasu, Uttarakhand, India I 2008 May 12, 2008

In June 2008 the ‘Vulnerability and Risk Workshop’ series continued in the state of Uttarakhand in the Indian Himalayas.  The workshop was in partnership with the Indian NGO: SEEDs India and the local organisation, GPJKP. As 60% of India’s land area could face moderate to severe earthquakes, the project scenario for the workshop was based in an area where the built environment is extremely fragile and the ability to prepare and effectively respond to earthquakes is currently inadequate.  The group…

Sustainable Livelihoods and Social Enterprise: The Eden Project, Cornwall I UK I 2007 May 18, 2007

Poverty reduction remains one of the key goals of international development. Today, it is recognised that reducing poverty has much to do with building the assets of vulnerable communities. It is these assets that serve as a buffer to the shocks and stresses of daily life and are a way of ensuring more sustainable livelihoods. Spotting opportunity to develop local enterprise depends on each individual situation and potential skills and resources; however one almost universal resource is waste.  The reuse…

Vulnerability and Risk: Rebuilding communities after disaster, The Eden Project, Cornwall I UK I 2006 May 12, 2006

In response to the recent multitude of horrendous natural disasters in countries such as Indonesia and Pakistan, the second ASF-UK Summer School, held in collaboration with both International Development in Extreme Environments (IDee) and the Eden Project, focused on ‘Vulnerability and Risk: Rebuilding Communities after Disaster’. Since natural disasters disproportionately affect communities that are poor or otherwise vulnerable, the Summer School addressed the factors that increase the impact of disasters on these communities; poverty, social exclusion, inappropriate technologies, environmental degradation,…

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