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Arkitrek Handbook 2014 Download Avaliable

Arkitrek's Camps are a learning experience for everyone. During three months of intense designing and building, the Arkitrekkers leave having made many mistakes, even more successes and a huge body of knowledge about sustainable construction. The only problem is they often leave without sharing these lessons with the next set of Arkitrekkers. So last year the Tagul Hut design team went about writing a handbook. Within 120 pages, the handbook details everything that the design team learned during their stay with Arkitrek. The team...

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Arkitrek Leach Field

The drawing below is for a leach field as part of a sewage treatment system. It is suitable for sewage treatment systems for a Population Equivalent (PE) up to 50 people. A leach field must be combined with a primary settlement tank or septic tank. A leach field is just one option for treatment of sewage effluent from a primary settlement tank. For other options and a detailed explanation of how leach fields work in a small scale sewage treatment system, please refer to our highly popular web page In The Shit: A Septic Tank...

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Why Arkitrek

We first met Rory Thor Dickens when he joined the live design team at the CREATe centre in 2013. He stayed on and joined the live design for the SAFE Powerhouse. Last year he returned to be the camp leader for the Tagal Hut live design. Rory now does a lot of marketing for Arkitrek and will return this summer to be a camp leader again for the Bears, Boundaries and Biocrete programme. Here, Rory writes about what he sees as the value of a live design project with Arkitrek. You can also download Rory's infographic.

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Japan Trip

Text and Images by Isaac Collard Fukuoka is the capital city of Kyushu Island, South West Japan; a beautiful city where urbanism and nature combine. Fukuoka is well known for having nature everywhere: on the ground, in houses, and even as a fa├žade. Its architecture is a great mix of different styles and materials. This is my favourite building in the Daimyo neighbourhood. I think that Daimyo reflects a lot of its personality through architecture and design. The area is owned by a lot of the younger generations of Japan...

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Xristina’s blog

Xristina Antonelli worked with us from January to July 2014, at the SAFE Project. Here are her thoughts on life at SAFE camp. "I had the chance to work as an intern for the SAFE project for about 6 months this year. I spent most of my time on site and only few weeks at the Arkitrek office in KK. The site is located in the rainforest, about 3 hours drive from Tawau, the nearest city. It is a beautiful place surrounded by several hills and small rivers-streams with all sorts of creatures from the animal and plant kingdom present...