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Australian duo create cyclone proof buildings in Vanuatu

Australian duo create cyclone proof buildings in Vanuatu

On the 1st May 2016, Lisa Martin of AAP states "The smiles and joyful bouncing of 1200 tribal dancers on Tanna Island in Vanuatu conceal a devastating daily reality. They’re chanting, clapping and stomping across the black volcanic sand and grass, creating a human drum beat that reverberates to the core. It’s like being inside a human heart. At its centre is Australian Nev Hyman who appears slightly overdressed in shorts and a shirt ... The buildings, which can be erected in five days, also have solar power. When the next cyclone rolls in, the buildings in this project’s first phase will be able to protect 1000 people. In the meantime they will be used as classrooms and a medical clinic.

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Architect Ken McBryde talks about turning plastic waste into housing

Architect Ken McBryde talks about turning plastic waste into housing

Ken McBryde is a principal at HASSELL. He spoke about material transformation at the Green Cities 2016 conference in one of 7 sessions in which 7 speakers talked for 7 minutes about disruptive ideas. An exerpt from an article published by the Fifth Estate is below.    

Four years ago I met Nev Hyman, founder of Firewire Surfboards. Reflecting these challenges, Nev Hyman had a simple idea: turn that waste into housing. And, while we’re at it, we’ll create local micro-industries and jobs by providing containerised recycling plants.

So we make housing, create jobs and clean up the oceans!

That’s triple bottom line sustainability: social + economic + environmental. A win-win-win!

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