Natural Building in Aid and Development –

We understand the need for real solutions in development and disaster relief. Enduring projects come from conducting thoughtful and participatory community based projects.

Our community development strategies pair regional know how with international expertise. This brings new levels of success in agriculture, sustainable construction, planning, waste systems and other key trades. By adapting and improving regional practices our projects exhibit a high early level of sustainability. Community members are able to incorporate technology within the first few years following an initial project often adapting traditional natural building techniques to have a modern context.

The “Natural” method

We connect our global networks of innovative development experts with ground-level resources and needs.  Our programs develop locally sustainable construction systems and build reconstruction capacity through assessment, design, training and technical support to the international aid community, local government and civil society.

 

Natural Steps

To develop locally sustainable construction systems and build reconstruction capacity through:

Assessment – on-the-ground participatory need and resource assessments

Design – involvement of local and foreign technical expertise (engineers, architects, designers, builders, and researchers) in designing and executing locally sustainable reconstruction designs

 Training and technical support – build sustainable reconstruction capacity through local trainings, graphic instruction materials, demonstration projects, and consulting

Long-term goals often include – 

Creation of local centers that will:

assess ongoing needs and resources

design locally sustainable construction systems that maximize use of local human and material resources

Consolidate best practices and research data from around the world in support of locally sustainable construction systems

provide outreach, oversight, and training and reference materials

Strategy 

Identify Key areas of strategic plan to address human settlements in crisis such as:

Develop prevention, rehabilitation and reconstruction programs, and to ensure a more effective transition from relief to development;

Build the capacity of local governments and civil society in the above

Our programs address environmental remediation and economic recovery and restoration of livelihoods in post-disaster human settlements. We expect that localized capacity-building in sustainable reconstruction will result in:

Rubble recycling

Employment creation

Skill development

Sustainable livelihoods

With so many ways to collaborate, contact us today!

Past Clients: Kleiwerks International, The United Nations Habitat Program (Haiti), The World Monument Fund, Komitu Architects, Phoudindaeng Organic Farm, Help For Orphans International, Architecture For Humanity, Builders Without Borders, United Nations Habitat Program (Haiti), C02 Bamboo, Green Micro Finance.