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Sarah Greenlees, Arkitrek Volunteer on Mantanani Island

My Sabbatical by Sarah Greenlees

“So, is Arkitrek shut down?” people keep asking me; “No, we planned to close when Ian and I left Sabah, but then Filzah offered to become Practice Principal and carry forward the company. We are still very much open!” "So, what is the Arkitrek Sabbatical all about?" "Re-structure" Without Ian and me, the company needs to re-structure, and Filzah, already a highly skilled architectural designer and project manager, needs some time to grow into the role of Practice Principal. Therefore, for the next year, Arkitrek...

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Meet the Gumantung Team

During Arkitrek's 'The Gathering Place' camp, we met and befriended the most enthusiastic and lively bunch of guys up at Gumantung. It didn't take long for our group and these young men to get acquainted and form a friendship. This is probably one of the most remarkable things about being in Arkitrek- To be able to witness how these friendships are created. It began with a group of architect/design students and professionals from the other side of the world and a group of local village boys coming together to build and just like...

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SAFE Project Laboratory

The SAFE laboratories have been in construction for a while, with delays caused by material deliveries and lorries getting stolen. Despite of all these obstacles the team keeps going, building to a high quality whenever they are able and filling their time by making improvements to the temporary camp. Below are a series of presentation drawings done by the design team to explain what the finished building will look like: The Plan The plan fits the tight site, between the gully of a small stream and a steep hillside. The wet lab and the dry lab have...

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Architecture learning from Responsible Tourism

"The Role of Architecture in Responsible Tourism" was first published in FuturArc Magazine, Issue No. 4Q 2012, p.86. The following text has had the first four paragraphs of the original edited down to two and the sidebar about Arkitrek removed. In all other respects the text is identical to the FuturArc article. Exotic cultures and outstanding natural beauty are the social and natural capital of a large sector of the tourism industry. An emphasis on economics, society and environment is now enshrined in global responsible...

Students from Jerudong International School build training structures for Orangutans

The Orang Utans and the Students

In the still-hot, late afternoon sun, the 6th form students are quiet, tense even, paying attention to the rope in their hands. They watch as 200kg pole moves higher and higher, as the end of it finally leaves the ground, wobbles and is then steadied, hanging from the rust red pyramid of scaffolding poles, swaying slightly 7m into the air. This was the final stage of a years worth of work. It was the culmination of months of research, long nights of design discussion and development, weekends of device testing, days spent shovelling...