Anything But “Waste”

(Architecture for Humanity) The FastCompany Co.EXIST blog reminded us recently of Bill Gates’ Toilet Challenge: $42 Million in funding for the invention of a new toilet. Their point is that toilets need to be re-thought to overcome a heavy reliance on water and dismissal of human waste as an agricultural and economic resource. In Haiti,…

Interview: Mapping Haiti’s Uncharted Communes

(Architecture for Humanity) There’s a book on my desk called Up and Down California in 1860-1864. It’s about the first land surveys of the West Coast of America, through a (long) series of weekly letters from one of the expedition’s crew to his brother in New York. This was back in the heyday of pioneering,…