Sourcing construction materials sustainably is one of the most pressing challenges facing the industry today. In the developing world, rapid population growth means governments are exploring way to deliver high-quality, affordable, and above all sustainable building systems.
Designing resilient communities is the driving force behind this publication, which aims to provide guidance for built environment consultants, NGOs and local communities working together to source natural and renewable construction materials at local level.
We hope this report will inspire designers and builders across the planet to develop open domain knowledge design solutions on materials, compositions and processes that allow local communities to unlock value from their existing resources and reduce their dependency on more expensive, imported materials.
The report offers a structured approach and methodology to develop context-specific solutions, combining technical knowledge with the skills and insight of the local community.
The report is the result of playful collaboration with Italy’s TAMassociati, with the generous support of Madrid’s Universidad Politécnica (UPM), MUSOCO and the community of Keur Bakar in Senegal.