News - December 2003

Cooking with the sun
In September the Clay House Project organized a solar cooking demonstration. The public quickly grasped that the oven uses only one-eighth of the firewood needed for cooking over an open fire. After about two hours the entire meal was ready. While people must get used to a longer cooking time than when using a wood fire, much less water is needed, a factor not to be underestimated in the desert environment of Namibia.

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Loja: Ecological City
The 175,000 inhabitants of Loja in southern Ecuador are proud of the international recognition of their city. Among the recognitions is third prize as World Ecological City, first place in Civic Participation awarded by the United Nations, and the prize for a Healthy City awarded by the World Health Organization and Pan American Health Organization. The mayor ascertains that all has been possible because the citizens of Loja have been involved in the diagnosis, planning, execution and evaluation of the projects.

Photo and text from
Municipio de Loja

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Construction professionals host ECOSouth presentation
A presentation about Ecomaterials by Prof. Dr. Kurt Rhyner in November at the headquarters of the Chamber of Construction of Esmeraldas on the northern coast of Ecuador attracted many members of the hosting organizations (Chamber of Construction, Association of Architects & Association of Engineers). They received an overview of the ecomaterials concept, with a special focus upon disaster prevention and popular architecture. The architects and engineers entered into an enthusiastic discussion with the speaker, after which all enjoyed snacks and drinks, then relaxed around the billiard table.

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Kurt RhynerKurt Rhyner
Architect, PhD. Professor
Spanish, English, German, French.
Project conception, analysis of technologies and materials appropriate to the specific situation, financial analysis, executive management, backstopping, evaluations