Back to the red road,

For the last week, and for another few days, we’re in kampot building with The Red Road Foundation. We’re building a round house with plastic bottles stuffed with garbage, and we will be adding a rebar/chicken wire/textile/cement roof. We’re leaving the bottles visible on the outside to show people that you can build with garbage.. why pay good money for bricks when you got heaps of good materials to build with lying around? The building will be used to store tools, and it will also be a space to cut bottles into bricks and ashtrays etc..

 

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Going Electric

As the new year ends, we’ve started getting a little greener by using electric cargo tricycles, and a couple of electric moto’s. We think that is the future of this beach, and will likely invest in more units, to prove to the people around us (from all nations) that not paying for gas and and being nice to mother earth goes hand in hand.

 

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Red Road Complete!

We really loved working with the Red Road Foundation, and the resulting building certainly became something truly beautiful. With its school room at 72 square meters, and the two separate bathrooms and showers, its the biggest Earthship we’ve built yet! The back and side walls are tires, and the front face and part of the side is beautiful bottle walls that have become a bit of a landmark for us.

 

Sporting a 300w solar power system, and double roof for ventilation and sun-screen, it is the future of Earthships in rural Cambodia!

 

Below are a few pictures of the build.


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Full speed ahead

We are now pretty plentiful in numbers, and we have started to work on e series of projects, the first one was a workshop and a teaching exercise for us on the island of Koh Rong. The school there is run by a series of enthusiasts under the name Friends of Koh Rong. Recently, some of the locals choose to build a series of bungalows looking over the school grounds, and FOKR decided it was time to start work on separating walls, and asked us to come over. We did, and worked for a weekend with showing FOKR and their volunteers, locals as well as foreigners how to make a wall foundation, and how to proceed to build a wall made from bottles that they collect from the local bars.

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The second project we have been working on is solar power, as we have now increased our cooperation with Solar Energy Cambodia, becoming their local reseller of systems in our part of Cambodia. We have also installed a pilot system in a household half an hour outside of Kampong Trach, where power is not available. Two families can now enjoy Light, water pumps and the occasional bit of radio and TV, thus increasing their quality of life. We hope to continue to install more systems as the season progresses.

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Last, but largest of our current projects we are working on the Norwegian earthship (the Tiltship), finishing of the tyre courses, and starting work on the dome-part in the next few days, come by and have a look, or help out if you wish!

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A New Season Begins

As our crew starts to come back we are starting to plan the work we’ll be doing, being exited to start creating again, now that the weather will allow it!

For now we plan to build another Earthship on our land, for parts of our Norwegian crew, hopefully starting at the beginning of November.

We are also in contact with two NGO’s (Friends of Koh Rong and The Red Road Foundation) to do work through out the season, and we’re also looking at doing some work for local business owners, and keep the seminars going, and supporting the places who have started building with bottles and tires since our initial seminars.

We will unfortunately not be working with Let Us Create on the second phase of their build, and wish them luck and prosperity with their project.

Work in progress

After a few weeks of preparations and gathering of supplies, mostly bottles and tires, the raising of the land is now complete, and we have spent the first two weeks building the first buildings of the art school, and here are some photos to show you guys what we have gotten done so far!

We started by putting all the gathered bottles in the little house that the previous owners left behind. This house will eventually be torn down and replaced, but for now, we keep our stuff there, and our cambodian crew stays there, keeping everything safe.

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Let Us Create co-operate with a lot of businesses in Sihanoukville, and they use their truck to get us materials from around the city. Finally all that beer drinking makes sense ;)

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We bought metal for our geodesic dome, and then measured, cut, smashed and drilled it into the four lengths required.

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Once the raising of the land was complete, we assembled the geodesic dome, which is a modified (to get a straight bottom line) 3/8 th’s dome, do reduce surface area, and to get less roof height. The dome has a diameter of 8 meters.

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Once the dome was put together, we marked out the spots for the supporting pillars, and went on to pour the pillars, to increase the hight, so that we can raise the interior of the house by 30cm, to be safe from flooding.

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Once the pilars where done, we covered the dome in sown together rice bags, and then proceedded to cover it in chicken wire to arm the cement that will go on it. The holes are going to be windows eventually, and there is a window at the very top as well, which will give us heaps of natural light, and great air circulation.

IMG_0855 Using a silicone tube as a builders level, we measure out both finished floor level, and the starting point on the bottle bricks, we then used double bottles to build a foundation between the pillars.

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At the same time as we are working on the dome, the wood frame kitchen and restaurant are taking shape, also with double bottle foundations. The building will get a second story in October, so that we can add accommodation for volunteers etc, but for now we are putting a simple roof on it.

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About 20 cm above finished floor level, we are building with bottle bricks in a nice pattern all around the geodome, between the pillars, which will hopefully inspire the children to be creative.

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Building an art school for kids!

Today we had another meeting with the NGO Let Us Create, who run an outreach program and arts activities for kids in Sihanoukville, And they are getting funds together, to build a brand new site, with a reception, an office building, a nursery for about 30 kids, An art school, an art studio, another class room for about 30 people, computer room, library, kitchen and eating area for 120 people etc!

Earthship Cambodia is privileged to be able to be building this fantastic creative space with them, with Earthships and Earthship related techniques and designs.

We’re doing it in two sets, one starting april 7, and running for about a month and a half, and the second one starting late September and running for about three months.

We’ll be looking for volunteers for the first session, and lots of volunteers for the second session, if you are interested, Let Us Create will soon be taking sign-ups for the second session.

If you are in south east Asia now, or soon, and want to volunteer for the first part of the build, roughly a month to a month and a half, contact us!

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Second Earthship Started!

We have now started to layout the foundation for the second Earthship, and started the collection of bottles, tires and other material that we will need. The building will be a combination of the Earthship school of doing things, and the world of geodesic domes. The owners (Dani and Doug from Norway) have therefore named it the Tiltship!

We’ll be working on this for the next month or so, so if you feel like doing some work and learning new things, come by! We, the 9 volunteers working on the build, all worked on the main earthship before this!