[Sbse] SBSE Digest, Vol 136, Issue 15

John Motloch jmotloch at gmail.com
Mon Feb 25 14:10:21 PST 2019


You might want to contact Dr. Pedro Pacheco, architect in Monterrey, MX.
He does many community-based and waste-based projects.  About 10 years ago
when I was visiting with him, he walked me to this neighborhood park.  He
motivated kids in the park to collect bottles, then mixed some cement and
built a serpentine bench with the kids.  It was a fun afternoon; and the
kids took cognitive ownership of the wall which kept it from being
destroyed for quite a while.


On Mon, Feb 25, 2019 at 4:24 PM R Lorch <richard at rlorch.net> wrote:

> Hi Rupesh,
> Thanks for sharing this - it’s a fascinating project.
> About 50 years ago, there was a project using disposable glass beer
> bottles to build houses as an alternative to bricks.  The glass beer
>  bottles were re-designed to be interlocked together.  I believe it was an
> experiment that Heineken beer was involved in.  Architectural writer and
> critic Martin Pawley was reignited interest in the project with his book in
> 1975(?) entitled Garbage Housing.
> https://www.smithsonianmag.com/arts-culture/when-heineken-bottles-were-square-62138490/
> <https://na01.safelinks.protection.outlook.com/?url=https%3A%2F%2Fwww.smithsonianmag.com%2Farts-culture%2Fwhen-heineken-bottles-were-square-62138490%2F&data=02%7C01%7Cjmotloch%40bsu.edu%7Cb017e6b3d1524a1db76308d69b67a66e%7C6fff909f07dc40da9e30fd7549c0f494%7C0%7C1%7C636867266830375227&sdata=jTRyBMZz0YpvTc5VkDvoKo6jQ9Wu1vYTSmaFKBvgcsw%3D&reserved=0>
> https://inhabitat.com/heineken-wobo-the-brick-that-holds-beer/
> <https://na01.safelinks.protection.outlook.com/?url=https%3A%2F%2Finhabitat.com%2Fheineken-wobo-the-brick-that-holds-beer%2F&data=02%7C01%7Cjmotloch%40bsu.edu%7Cb017e6b3d1524a1db76308d69b67a66e%7C6fff909f07dc40da9e30fd7549c0f494%7C0%7C1%7C636867266830375227&sdata=haf5aKStoL1SDbLV%2BCpz8qhjM4p1PLUS3OQdcAQH%2B78%3D&reserved=0>
> It’s certainly time to revisit (and update) these ideas.
> My questions for you are: What is the durability of PET bottles?  How will
> UV, freeze-thaw cycles and other environmental factors affect its
> durability?  Are you planning to build a house and monitor it during
> occupation?
> Kind regards,
> Richard
> On 25 Feb 2019, at 20:00, sbse-request at uidaho.edu wrote:
> *From: *Rupesh Shrestha <rupeshshrestha2005 at gmail.com>
> *Subject: **[Sbse] Bottle house construction at Kavre, Nepal*
> *Date: *25 February 2019 at 18:45:33 GMT
> *To: *sbse at uidaho.edu
> Dear SBSE'rs,
> Greetings from Kathmandu ! I would like to share about a project I
> recently completed called "Bottle house".
> *What is a bottle house?*
> Bottle house is a building construction technology which is a
> cost-effective, environmentally-friendly alternative to conventional
> building bricks. The house built up by waste Polyethylene Terephthalate
> (PET) plastic bottles filled with sand or soil as a building unit for
> eco-sustainability.
> A student workshop was conducted for disseminating knowledge about this
> technology. Students then volunteered in construction of this house which
> is made for a earthquake affected family. Students are from Architecture /
> engineering college in Kathmandu.  The idea was to involve students during
> actual construction so that students can benefit in following ways:-
> - Working with community as a volunteer
> - Exposure in sustainable building construction technology sector
> - Leadership development
> - Outside the class learning experience in post-disaster reconstruction
> setup
> Below are the links to:-
> 1) Brochure of bottle house
> https://drive.google.com/file/d/1nb5utx24V_Lh80tXGVmt8UbQR0o4HGXq/view?usp=sharing
> <https://na01.safelinks.protection.outlook.com/?url=https%3A%2F%2Fdrive.google.com%2Ffile%2Fd%2F1nb5utx24V_Lh80tXGVmt8UbQR0o4HGXq%2Fview%3Fusp%3Dsharing&data=02%7C01%7Cjmotloch%40bsu.edu%7Cb017e6b3d1524a1db76308d69b67a66e%7C6fff909f07dc40da9e30fd7549c0f494%7C0%7C1%7C636867266830385228&sdata=vcwYYExPE88CpPawEDk2nOkV28KEa9sskTxQq69d%2FWo%3D&reserved=0>
> 2) few pictures of the workshop and practical session
> https://drive.google.com/file/d/1loCwowIOeFVhmf6MHSHN1t-g-k_A5ZLZ/view?usp=sharing
> <https://na01.safelinks.protection.outlook.com/?url=https%3A%2F%2Fdrive.google.com%2Ffile%2Fd%2F1loCwowIOeFVhmf6MHSHN1t-g-k_A5ZLZ%2Fview%3Fusp%3Dsharing&data=02%7C01%7Cjmotloch%40bsu.edu%7Cb017e6b3d1524a1db76308d69b67a66e%7C6fff909f07dc40da9e30fd7549c0f494%7C0%7C1%7C636867266830385228&sdata=BHqSQxetTviDum2RxwBhKwxjMhec%2B1zoL52p7%2BLcJOY%3D&reserved=0>
> Your comments and suggestions in this regard will be highly appreciated
> and always will be well received !
> Thank you and I wish you a pleasant time ahead.
> Best regards,
> Rupesh
> Kathmandu, Nepal
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