[Sbse] SBSE Digest, Vol 136, Issue 15

Forrest Meggers fmeggers at princeton.edu
Mon Feb 25 22:57:52 PST 2019


Prof Dirk Hebel also did some interlocking PET bottles for some projects at
ETH, which might be a good reference. Unfortunately, the project stopped -
company branding turned out to be more powerful than function so no
companies were interested in trying to sell their bottles in that shape.

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On Mon, Feb 25, 2019 at 4:33 PM John Motloch <jmotloch at gmail.com> wrote:

> Rupesh,
>
> 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.
>
> John
>
>
>
> 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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