After Kevin arrived on Monday, our work with the bamboo became much more accurate thanks to his expertise and equipment he brought with him.
25 March 2012
Since we decided to take on the challenge of using materials that we, ourselves, have next to no experience of, we realized we needed some guidance and decided to find ourselves a consultant specialized on bamboo and earth structures.
That's when we found Kevin Rowell. Kevin runs a company called The Natural Builders in California. The Natural Builders collaborate with artists, building professionals and individuals around the world in a range of fields from the creation of ecological spaces, to the development of new materials, to the understanding and improvement of vernacular building techniques. He has also worked in Haiti, Thailand and Laos among other countries in different development projects.
And now he is here in Phnom Penh with us for two weeks which we are extremely excited about!
Lähettänyt elina klo 2:24 PM
24 March 2012
All photos in this post by Kevin Rowell
This week we visited the Orussey market in search for the tools we need for our bamboo construction. We were happy to find everything we need and also piles and piles of things that we don't actually need but were interesting to come across anyway.
Lähettänyt elina klo 11:17 AM
If you thought (as we did) that emptying some water and organic matter from the bottom of a big, open hole would be quite a straightforward thing to do, you were mistaken. If we had a tank truck in our use and wide, durable roads for it to drive on, things would be different but as we don't, several measures have been taken before the actual emptying work which is due to happen next week.
Lähettänyt elina klo 10:00 AM
20 March 2012
16 March 2012
09 March 2012
Finally things are starting to happen at the site! The first patch of bamboos has been cleaned, treatment pools are ready and holes through the nodes are being punched. This morning half of the bamboos were in the pool. Canopy was not steep enough and broke last night in the rain, but it is being fixed. The only thing lacking now are the treatment chemicals, which we are buying from CBET project in Chi Pat because local shops don't have the chemicals in stock, they need to be ordered weeks beforehand.
Lähettänyt Tuuli klo 5:22 AM
06 March 2012
Last week we visited Oudong which used to be the capital of Cambodia before Phnom Penh was and which today is the new home to many poor people who get evicted from the center of Phnom Penh because of different city development projects. Hilla Rudanko and Anssi Kankkunen designed and built a vocational school (which has been mentioned in this blog before as well) for one of these relocation sites las year. Now they are back in Cambodia fixing some problems that have occurred during the first year of the school's existence.
Lähettänyt elina klo 2:38 PM