Edition 26 - July 2007

Simple solutions for extreme conditions

Soluciones simples para condiciones extremasWith winters at 30 Celsius below cero and hot summers, the northern Pakistan area is one of the most hostile places to live. The Agha Kahn Planning and Building Service, AKPBS, is committed to develop and promote appropriate and economic solutions for the housing problems in this region.
Paul Moreno, representative of the EcoSouth network for Ecuador, visited this region where the highest mountain ranges of the world meet and people work for the same basic necessities as in the whole world.

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Reforestation with bamboo, an ecological alternative for the production of materials

Reforestación con bambúAn intermediate evaluation was carried in Cuba in December of 2006 of a project which is a creative example of integrated solutions for a multitude of needs, whether social, environmental or financial. The evaluators were surprised at the diversity of the activities that although well-coordinated were accomplished in a decentralized manner. The following article summarizes this work. 

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4 decades of investigation: Adobe norms in Peru

Julio VargasContinuous investigation about the behavior of adobe in earthquakes is the basis of the Peruvian code for earth constructions, norms that serve as a reference point in many countries around the globe.

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In 2005, SofoNic has started a dual education program for masons in Nicaragua, using its house-building programs as a base. Teaming up with the local technical school in Jinotepe they are graduating about ten masons every year since. Most f them have found jobs in construction or have started a business on their own. SofoNic has contracted several of them as master masons in the reconstruction programs in Haiti.