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Arkitrek founder, Ian Hall, found business inspiration in Yvon Choinard’s book, ‘let my people go surfing’.

A Reluctant Businessman

A Reluctant Businessman In the course of establishing Arkitrek I found that I had unintentionally become a businessman. In this predicament I was relieved to learn that I was not the first. “The journal of a reluctant businessman” is the tagline of Yvon Choinard’s book ‘Let my People go Surfing’. Choinard, the founder of outdoor clothing company Patagonia, realised that having unwittingly become a businessman he was going to have to get serious if he were to succeed. Choinard’s idea of ‘getting serious’ was to examine...

Arkitrek 3 eggs

The Nitty-gritty of Social Enterprise

There is no formal legal structure for Social Enterprises in Malaysia so we have done our best to create one. What would an Architecture Social Enterprise be like? A core team of Arkitrekkers including: myself, Sarah Greenlees, Daniele Cohen, Tan Zhen Ron and Sally Collinson began to ponder this question in 2011. There were no precedents so we had to make it up as we went along. We started by debating our company philosophy, nicely summarised by Sarah in the 2011 Arkitrek Manifesto. We read Muhammad Yunus, talked to contacts,...

Arkitrek Sustainable Design Standards

Arkitrek Sustainable Design Principles

Arkitrek practices holistic design for the benefit of people and nature. Our work overlaps with international sustainability standards for buildings, but it's not always a close match. The graphic at the bottom of this page summarises our current thinking on Sustainable Design. The following article by Arkitrek founder Ian Hall describes how some of his thinking on sustainability standards evolved. The Arkitrek approach to sustainability Most architects are expected to be able to advise their clients on sustainability standards...

Arkitrek Camp participants at official launch of CREATE

Arkitrek 2013 at the CREATE launch

Photos by Sue Chong-Hartley and Evangeline Majawat The Arkitrek 2013 design/build team presented concept designs at the official launch of the Centre for Renewable Energy and Appropriate Technology (CREATE) in Kota Kinabalu, Sabah. The Centre, which trains community based micro-hydro practitioners, has asked Arkitrek Camp participants to design and build a classroom and community meeting space. Pictured above: The Centre receives a blessing, or 'Momokis' from Kadazan Elders (and youngers?) with the ceremonial planting...

Bio-crete blocks experimental mixes for workability

Bongkud biocrete blocks

Pressed bio-crete bricks as a low-carbon locally produced building material. This report by Safuan Azman looks at the workability of biocrete mixes produced in Bongkud, a rural village near Mt. Kinabalu in Sabah, Malaysia. The experiment is funded by Camps International to develop locally appropriate green building materials. In an earlier article on The Wonders of Biocrete we discussed how building with lime-based materials could be streamlined through the production of pre-cast blocks. A big challenge with lime-based materials...