[Strawbale] help wanted - natural building in south africa
blackrange at zianet...
Mon Apr 30 23:46:30 CEST 2007
Hello all -- I received a request to post this search for
professional help to the natural building community. Please reply to
Wendy Cross (address below.) - Catherine Wanek
I am the new Program Director for NextAid and have recently returned
from spending the last year volunteering on our project site in
Dennilton, South Africa. ........ We've made lots of progress on our
earth-friendly children's center in the last year. We now have
completed 6 structures: 2 earth-bag offices, a thatch/ earthbag
performance center, 3 compost toilets, an outdoor kitchen with
seating area and our first children's house made of straw-bale. We
are gearing up to complete our first phase of construction and really
take the building to the next level. In order to do this we really
see the need to find a South African architect to collaborate with
and a general contractor/ site supervisor with natural building
experience to live on-site long term (at least 6 months). I am
attaching a brief description of the project and the two
positions. Is there a way you could circulate or post this
announcement to the BWB community? It would be so helpful.
Best regards, Wendy
Architectural & Building Help Needed on Sustainable Children's
Village and Community Center Project in Dennilton, Limpopo Province
NextAid seeks an Experienced Architect or Group of Architects to help
guide construction on the Youth with a Vision Village in the rural
town of Dennilton, Limpopo Province. The construction is being
funded by NextAid, a Los Angeles based humanitarian organization
dedicated to creating sustainable solutions for African children
orphaned by AIDS. The village is being built with an emphasis on
natural building techniques and "green" practices. The sustainable
village will serve as a multi-purpose center for the community to
operate education and micro-businesses as well as housing for 50
children orphaned by AIDS and their caregivers. Currently under
construction are offices, residences, water facilities, cooking and
eating facilities and a performance space. Currently being designed
are children's residences, an economic/educational center, other
auxiliary structures, gardens and sports fields. We seek a long-term
commitment. The architect would collaborate with an international
team of architects, including lead Natural Builder and Architect,
Joseph Kennedy, and with natural builders on the design and execution
of the construction process.
NextAid is a grassroots organization operating on an extremely
limited budget. Ideally we are looking for individuals or a firm who
would take the project on a pro-bono/ volunteer basis, but we are
open to negotiating for the right candidate. We offer a
life-changing opportunity to help create a center that will support a
wonderful and loving community currently suffering from the ravages
of AIDS and poverty.
In addition, we are looking for a Site Supervisor/General Contractor
type person to live on site for extended periods of time during
construction. This individual would lead the team of local builders
in supervising the construction. This individual will be offered
on-site accommodation and a typical salary for this position in the region.
We are looking for someone with the following qualities:
* Open-mindedness, flexibility, patience, people skills, self-sufficiency
* Interest in teaching and sharing knowledge
* Ability to live in modest, sometimes challenging conditions (or
commute to project site)
* Able to read and follow to-scale architectural sketches
* Experience with all phases of construction
* Experience with scheduling and working with subcontractors
* Experience with estimating and ordering materials
* Experience with straw-bale, earth building, Hydraform blocks
and/or other sustainable building techniques
* Ideally someone with plumbing, carpentry and electrical experience
* Computer skills: email, excel, etc.
* Knowledge in Zulu/ Sotho would be a big plus!
* Social consciousness and respect for different cultures and
traditions is essential.
For more information about NextAid and to see photos of the
construction progress go to: <http://www.nextaid.org/>www.nextaid.org
If the position meets your interest, please contact:
Wendy Cross, Program Director
Email: <mailto:wendy at nextaid...>wendy at nextaid...
Cell: +1 415.624.7303
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