All posts tagged collaboration

Ecobrick Breakthrough!

Posted on June 16, 2014 at 3:43pm by russs.net Comments Off
Ecobrick Breakthrough!

 

Breakthrough! Our first HexBench– made entirely from ecobricks, this modular bench provides an easy, low-low cost way to transform ‘waste’ into something immediately practical, useful, and COOL.  The technique leverages my experience making glass bottle furniture with silicone a few years back.  Frankly, I can’t believe I didn’t think of it before.

The coolest part is how this bench fits […]

Organic Cement Collaborative Mural

Posted on September 3, 2013 at 3:47pm by russs.net Comments Off
Organic Cement Collaborative Mural

Last week, we got down and dirty with some local clay and 20 students from MPSPC college.  I have been doing extensive experiments with clay over the last year to  perfect our mix ratios with sand, clay, straw and occasionally a little cement powder.  The goal has been to create a system for collaboratively generating organic mortar to hold together […]

Ecobricks Sweep the Province

Posted on August 10, 2013 at 1:48pm by russs.net Comments Off
Ecobricks Sweep the Province

BIG NEWS! I am super excited and proud to report that EVERY school in Mt. Province is now making Ecobricks. Mam Sally, the Superintendent, had our Vision Ecobrick Guide (the culmination of a year of research and development) published in Bontoc two weeks ago. A copy and encouragement was sent to all 263 elementary and highschools and 10 private schools […]

Giant Python Park Underway

Posted on July 20, 2013 at 4:21pm by russs.net Comments Off
Giant Python Park Underway

Yesterday, we began turning the ugliest corner of Lubas Elementary into a beautiful giant python park!  Literally hundreds of students and parents coalesced in digging the jagged and rocky area, preparing clay, mixing cement, laying bottles, and sculpting the giant snake.   The snake will be made from about 1500 ecobricks– almost a ton of packed plastics that would otherwise end […]

Starting the Church in Caloocan

Posted on July 8, 2013 at 12:03pm by russs.net Comments Off
Starting the Church in Caloocan

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The other day I visited the humble barrio of Miramonte, Caloocan, one of the many urban poor communities of Manila. I arrived with Doms and Arianne from the Anglican Church with whom I am working this week.  The Anglicans […]

6000 Students Mobilized

Posted on July 5, 2013 at 9:00am by russs.net Comments Off
6000 Students Mobilized

 

6000 students mobilized to clean up Caloocan, Manila! Today I had the honor of visiting the densest and the most ecologically progressive school I have yet been to in the Philippines– Camarind National Elementary and High School with 6000 students!

Doms and Arrianne, two dynamic and spontaneous members of the National Development Office of Anglican Church had setup the visit, but […]

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. […]

Unhibited Charger Progression v 0.9

Posted on April 26, 2013 at 9:52am by russs.net Comments Off
Unhibited Charger Progression v 0.9

We are now at version 0.9 of the Uninhibited Solar Charger.  I am now working with a select group of talented guys in Bontoc, on readying the design for community manufacture.  In the Philippines, there are all these little stores where you can get your cellphones and computers fixed.  The guys behind the counter are a vast untapped pool of […]

Lumiscent-mud-mortared-trash-brick-igloo-bench

Posted on January 27, 2013 at 9:25am by russs.net Comments Off
Lumiscent-mud-mortared-trash-brick-igloo-bench

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 […]

Mini Mandala

Posted on December 18, 2012 at 9:46am by russs.net Comments Off
Mini Mandala

Talk about Fun!  One of the professor’s from a local college here in Mountain Province was in need of help for the art component of his curriculum.  He invited me to come and do a painting workshop.

It just so happened that I had three very adventurous and artistic couchs urfers with me this past weekend.  They were game for some […]