Build for Change: a story of a nomad

Update posted by Diogo Carvalho On Dec 12, 2015

Why to invest my money in this kind of project?!

Well, considering that nowadays we assume that our basic needs are fullfiled, however, inn my opinion, they tend to be imposed subliminally than actually by our own choice!! We live in blocks of concrete, most of them far away from sun light and in total disconnection with our REAL needs...

In the most basic sense, a shelter can protect you from the sun, insects, wind, rain, snow, hot or cold temperatures and enemy observation. It can give you a feeling of well-being. It can help you maintain your will to survive. In some areas, your need for shelter may take precedence over your need for food and possibly even your need for water. The most common error in making a shelter is to make it too large. A shelter must be large enough to protect you. It must also be small enough to contain your body heat, especially in cold climates.


Would be much more interesting if we could build our own house, with our own hands? It might sound out of reality, considering that we spend most of our time working or taking care of our families... What if I tell you that this technique is so simple that ANYONE can do it!! Most of the resources are in site, skill is not actually required, because most of the work is digging earth, filling bags and stamping it.

Plus, natural catastrophes seem to be very present in the last 10 years in a scale that affects large areas of civilizations. Those are, as well, major points where I see this project being applied!! In 3rd world countries, where the lack of economical and technological resources, the investment is low and extremely well seen by the locals; is fast and efficient. Why not be part of the global change that our present world is facing by supporting the classes that suffer more deeply with world's inequality and wealth distribution?

Nepal needs shelter:

http://www.helpage.org/blogs/ashish-magar-25693/ne...

Niger needs shelter:

http://www.msf.org/article/niger-%E2%80%9Cpeople-a...


This my vision, this is my dream, this is how I want help Building for Change :)



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Update posted by Diogo Carvalho On Dec 07, 2015

Hello everyone...

Two Summers ago, during my travellings, I was living in Austria! Before my great trip by land to India I engaged in some volunteer activites; one of them took place in Güssing, Gratz, Austria. There I helped for a month a family building their own house in a community in the country side...

This is a common type of Natural house, also known as Straw-bale house; in this case a yurt, once its shape is based on the living places built by the nomadic people of Mongolia. A traditional yurt (from the Turkics) or ger (Mongolian) is a portable, round tent covered with skins or felt and used as a dwelling by nomads in the steppes of Central Asia. The structure comprises an angled assembly or latticework of pieces of wood or bamboo for walls, a door frame, ribs (poles, rafters), and a wheel (crown, compression ring) possibly steam-bent. The roof structure is often self-supporting, but large yurts may have interior posts supporting the crown.

The top of the wall of self-supporting yurts is prevented from spreading by means of a tension band which opposes the force of the roof ribs.




The top of the wall of self-supporting yurts is prevented from spreading by means of a tension band which opposes the force of the roof ribs.



Roof boxes



Once Austria is known to be a winter country, this permanent yurt must be prepared for those weather conditions. Considering the roof is the area of the house were we can observe an higher loss of heat, on this particular system we built boxes 50cm deep where whe filled with elephant grass!




The roof was then covered with an hemp foil responsible to keep the heat in the boxes in and avoid the outside temperature to percolate. Between the inner hemp-foil and outer rainproof-coloured-foil a 5cm gap was left in order to allow air circulation.

When I arrived most of the skeleton of the house was already built; for a month I helped them mainly with the roof and starting to prepare the next step - the straw-bale walls! Due to pregnancy from the owner of the house the construction had to stop and I couldn't stay to finish the project. However, when in Turkey I helped in another house in the countryside; there I helped continuing the walls with straw and plaster them.

This was the first natural building project I was involved in, since then I discovered my passion for building naturally! :D

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Update posted by Diogo Carvalho On Dec 03, 2015

As I mentioned in my video I keep travelling for such long term not because I have a lot of money but because I spend less... Also, is not because I'm asking for support that I become less active or work less; I consider myself a quite active person!!

Today I will give you a glimpse of how I managed my economies.

Its important to understand, first of all, that we must overcome the fear of getting poor, as well not focus on aiming our purpose of living on getting economically rich! Both those situations I learn how to deal with through my travelling experiences... Let's face it, money is EVERYWHERE we can't miss it, so if we keep ourselves active we can aswell be paid for a certain activity.


When I left my country I had some money that I got from a student loan, however that money quickly finished! In the Summer of 2013 I had 150€ and I was travelling around central Europe, through Rainbow Gatherings and volunteering in farms. I had to eat, so in September my money was running out, and that's when I end up in Vienna, Austria. I was never worried, for I knew to have friends who would help me starting... And so it went, for a couple of weeks I crushed in a friend's place while looking for work, but soon I had to move out of his place. That's when I found a wagenplatz (community of caravans).

There I started to live from October till March next year... At the beginning I had few small jobs as flyer deliverer or just in a self-organised alternative bar, which provided me money for one week ahead. At some point I got a contract in a kitchen washing dishes, made nearly 2000€ and in the Spring of 2014 I went to work, as a volunteer in a festival in Germany before I start my hitch-hiking trip till India, and back!

When I came back, in the Summer of 2015 I aswell had money only for 2 months; the living cost in a city was higher than my moving rhythm on the road. Again I was not worried for I believe that my faith would change. I believe that the key to find work is by creating the right connections and trust in yourself! In less than a month I met a girl we knew a guy which knew someone else who needed a person in a construction site. For my "luck", however I cant call it luck, was that in that particular construction site they were building a Natural house.

With that money, which Im currently saving I intend to go to USA to achieve my dream!!

You can read in more detail how I realize that poverty is actually deep state of mind and not an empty wallet, in my blog:

https://storiesofanomadblog.wordpress.com/


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Update posted by Diogo Carvalho On Nov 30, 2015

Hello!!

You can easily build a green-house like this!!


1st: Get a good Green friend to help you

2nd: Take a walk around your city; in one hand you discover places you never seen before on the other hand you can find lost windows and beams left behind in that cool old building just next door. Is not stealing, is recycling!! Giving a 2nd life to a forgotten object. You are, aswell, giving a comfortable warm place to your plant on those hard cold days.

3rd: Look at the sun!! Enjoy its warmth, be aware of its movement, smile... Open your eyes and realize where in your garden you have higher exposition on sunlight. That will be the place where you'll set up your project

4th: Puzzle what you collected!! You don’t need to be an architect to understand gravity... Conduct the weight of your beams to the ground; in between the beams choose the pattern it suits you best with the windows/glass you found.

5th: Play some music, have some fun with your best friend and keep yourself active during the weekend!! :D



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