Engineering for Change

Interest: Habitat

Informed construction saves lives, and it also just makes life more pleasant. Architects and engineers are mining the world’s traditional building techniques to find better ways to contend with earthquakes and floods and to adapt to problems like extreme weather in changing climates. At the same time, design of refugee housing and disaster-resistant buildings incorporates tried-and-tested construction with materials like reinforced cement and even plastic. Our basic human right to shelter increasingly hinges on smart choices and good design.

Interest: Habitat

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How to Build an Earthquake-Resistant Home: An Earthbag Construction Manual

March 18, 2018

The folks at Good Earth Global kindly prepared this guide for Engineering for Change’s members and readers. Please see...

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Rob Goodier

The Work Underway Now to Solve Refugee Crises Through Climate Change Action

November 28, 2017

The New York Times columnist Thomas Friedman draws a line that he sees from a changing climate to drought...

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Esther Obonyo

The Worldwide Elusive Search for Affordable Housing

September 6, 2017

“What has been will be again, what has been done will be done again; there is nothing new under...

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Elisabeth van Overbeeke

Easing Land Conflict in DRC: An Introduction to Open-Source Mapping Tools

August 30, 2017

Beni, a vibrant city in northeastern Democratic Republic of Congo, is home to approximately half a million people , but...

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Mayarí Pérez

Five Sustainable Home Solutions Co-Designed with Guatemalan Villagers

July 28, 2017

Lake Atitlán, in the Central American country of Guatemala, is one of the most beautiful lakes in the world....

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Ben Taylor

Are Shipping Crates the Future of Eco-Friendly Housing?

January 8, 2017

With the planet’s population rising every minute, sourcing affordable housing is becoming more of a struggle. The problem may...

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Rob Goodier

A new digital tool takes the guesswork out of making compressed earth blocks for construction

November 28, 2016

An experienced soil analyst can discover clues about the dirt with little more than water, a jar and a...

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Rob Goodier

Old Fused With New: Sustainable Architecture Where It Is Most Needed

November 1, 2016

Sustainability in architecture has manifested as buildings that process waste and cool themselves, and as a revival of old...

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Stephen Suffian

Sustainable Building: Changing the Way We Look at Construction Materials

October 24, 2016

As the population heads toward 9 billion, pressure rises for more housing. Meeting the global demand, however, is more complex...

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Charles Newman

Building Materials and Methods: E4C’s Essential Online Resources for Professionals

August 12, 2016

When global development professionals need to make a decision about which technologies to use in their work, we’d like...

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Latest Comments

  • Depending of the desired temperature and the way you want to heat the mealworm. For low temperature, a solar heater (like the ones for water heaters for homes) could be enough; but if you want a higher temperature, a solar concentrator must be used.

    Heating a mealworm farm without Electricity
    eduardo.gmora
  • Interesting solution, some concern about vertical reinforcement being necessary for seismic and hurricane application getting lost -- shown in some drawings not others. All in all, a lot of good technical information and by highlighting the building material in the context of the application -- post...

    Good Earth Nepal Earthbag Construction
    Matt_Advisor
  • No standards in design, requires engineering design. No windows, limited protection, unclear durability. Again, not a solution, more like an example of the use of pallets for construction in limited 1st world applications.

    I-Beam Pallet House
    Matt_Advisor
  • I'm not sure this is appropriate as a "solution". It is certainly a concept and an innovative use of the pallet material. There have been no updates to the pallet house humanitarian design webpage since 2010.

    I-Beam Pallet House
    Matt_Advisor
  • In general, a good concept around integrated services and financing. Still a concept, not a lot of insight for engineers or designers except from a planning perspective.

    Tiguri Green Village
    Matt_Advisor
  • Seems like an advertisement for the company and their product, not an honest description of what the actual solution is. Includes an integrated list of solutions (kitchen sink planning) but does not go into great detail about any of them individually.

    Tiguri Green Village
    Matt_Advisor
  • Nice concept, good they have have a prototype. Good example of a concept around a set of principles and requirements. Limited engineering guidance or information, but could inspire an architect/engineer team to develop something with similar goals in mind.

    Sustainable Incremental Construction Unit (Modular Housing Scheme)
    Matt_Advisor
  • Again, this seems more like an article about a concept or prototype that can serve to inspire designers but has limited value as a solution to be replicated. I guess there are some lessons learned from the failure, but that may be better suited to a different format or different section.

    NLÉ Makoko Floating School
    Matt_Advisor
  • Building collapsed due to poor maintenance in 2 years. Indicative of serious engineering challenges or failures. Interesting concept of a floating house, though I'm not sure it should be advertised as a "solution" to land issues. Perhaps lessons can be learned from the base of the structure.

    NLÉ Makoko Floating School
    Matt_Advisor
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