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Posted on May 13, 2013 at 11:33am by russs.net Comments Off

I was flipping through papers at the local newstand the other day when I had a shock:  There was our project on the front page! 

The article sprouts from an eco-conference that Sarah and Pi led in Bontoc.  The process of reflecting on the story behind the trash problem in Bontoc, brought out all sorts of fabulous insights from the […]

New Featurette on the building of the Bottle Brick Inspiration Center

Posted on May 7, 2013 at 1:05pm by russs.net Comments Off
New Featurette on the building of the Bottle Brick Inspiration Center

This is the second short documentary on our work in Guina’ang and the bottle brick phenomenon that has been spreading throughout mountain province as a way to deal with the trash.

Illac and Alex, two guys from the Manila chapter of Architecture for Humanity, braved the rough roads to make the 14 hour journey to Bontoc and then to Guina’ang. […]

A Grand Day of Collaboration

Posted on March 11, 2013 at 11:59am by russs.net Comments Off
A Grand Day of Collaboration

 

 

Dozens and dozens of parents joined us to lay the leveling foundation for the inspiration center on Friday.  It was truly an amazing event of mandalic collaboration– the whole village coming together to help make something happen.  In this case, we were laying the first terrace of the site for the Inspiration Center (which like most of the village is […]

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Posted on January 27, 2013 at 9:25am by russs.net Comments Off
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I am excited! Our technique for building with trash bottle bricks has taken a giant serendipituous leap forward.

This past weekend I met Zelli and his wife Joany who are seasoned cob builders living in the Philippines. Against the odds, they have been pioneering ancient mud/clay/straw building techniques at their Baguio home perched on a hilltop. 

We joined forces to […]

Garbage Heroes – bottle brick making featured in local paper.

Posted on October 23, 2012 at 11:48am by russs.net Comments Off
Garbage Heroes – bottle brick making featured in local paper.

A while ago, this great article came out on our work here in Sabangan with the local San Alfonso High School students.  Christa had the great idea that we should get the students to write about the process and interview folks during the day.  This newspaper article, published in the provincial paper is the result.  I love some of the […]

Express Composting!

Posted on October 8, 2012 at 1:42pm by russs.net Comments Off
Express Composting!

It’s been only 5 days since we inaugurated our bottle compost pit with the first batch of shredded leaves and stalks.  My understanding of compost goes back to how we would do it back in Canada.  We would just toss all the green stuff into a container, and wait a few months.  Those few months usually bumped into Winter, so […]

Inaugurating the Compost!

Posted on October 1, 2012 at 4:23pm by russs.net Comments Off
Inaugurating the Compost!

Our first bottle compost pit is complete!  The whole school worked together to realize everything from the bricks to the construction to the green material.  The other day, we not only added the last layer of bricks, but we also did a major weed pulling clean-up.  The weeds were shredded, then sprayed with IMO (a special spray of indigenous micro-organisms […]

Spontaneous Ecological Adventure with 300 youth

Posted on September 18, 2012 at 3:19pm by russs.net Comments Off
Spontaneous Ecological Adventure with 300 youth

“Russell, we’re going to Natonin tomorrow and we have to speak to 300 youth for two days! Help!”

That’s how my adventure to Natonin, a remote village in the mountains began last week.  Cell service had been down for several days, and my friend Niklaus had just got the invitation from Father Allen.

With almost no preparation, we just jumped in Father […]