Category | Camps International

‘When the well’s dry, we know the worth of water.’ – Benjamin Franklin

alternative livelihoods support groundwater conservation

By Juliana Tang Some weekends ago on Mantanani island, Arkitrek organized and hosted a knowledge exchange weekend among three island communities from around Sabah. The three were from Omadal island off Semporna, Maliangin island off Kudat and of course, the community of Mantanani itself. The main objectives of this weekend were to strengthen conservation initiatives […]

Fakta Fakta Kelemahan & Kelebihan Kayu Pokok Kelapa

Fakta Fakta Kelebihan dan Kelamahan Tiang Pokok Kelapa

Using coconut wood in construction of community based construction projects can be a sustainable choice but requires careful design and project management. In our Tinangol Community Centre we failed to continually inform and seek consent to use coconut wood throughout the 3 year construction process. We started off with full consent but practical blunders and protracted construction process eroded support to the point where the community insisted that all coconut posts be replaced with hardwood.

Bongkud Community Centre update

Bongkud Community Hall cross section

Over the UK summer holiday a horde of enthusiastic Camps International volunteers made good progress on the Bongkud Community Centre under the expert eye of Arkitrek Intern, Sophie Backhouse. Ongoing work will be more sedate for the next few months with the peak volunteer season over and villagers pre-occupied with the rice harvest. It is […]

Learning the Rungus way

Tinangol Kindargarten stair design

Malaysian architecture student Yeong Kam Loong learns how to toughen up, be resourceful and question more while designing + building a kindergarten near Kudat in Sabah, Borneo

BSBCC Composting

BSBCC composting

Composting area and new walkway at Bornean Sun Bear Conservation Centre. Arkitrek design, group facilitation and construction management by Maryam Gomary from London Metropolitan University School of Architecture