Construction

Dwere River Crossing

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The women of Dwere sell clay to earn money for medicine, clothing and school fees. They carry loads of up to 100 lbs on their heads across a river, which can be treacherous. During the rainy season, the river is too high to cross, which limits their earnings. D-Lab is working with the community to construct a low-cost foot bridge.
Dwere

Rubble Rousers

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Rubble Rousers is working with community partner Grassroots United in Haiti to develop low-cost gabions (cages filled with irregular stones) made with local materials such as coconut husks. Gabions are used for the clearing of rubble, as well as building construction and repair.
Port-au-Prince

Urine Separating Toilet Seat

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Composting toilets are currently expensive, but offer a promising alternative to pit latrines and have several advantages, among them the separation of urine from feces minimizes smell and allows the two to be used separately for fertilizer. Students are designing a process for locally manufacturing a urine separating toilet seat in Ghana.
Kumasi

Construction Block Project

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This project looked at two methods for lowering construction costs through reductions in materials or improvements in quality: interlocking soil blocks and rammed-earth blocks. In addition, students experimented with porous concrete blocks and fired clay blocks for building evaporative coolers.
New Longoro

Children's Playground

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In the Santo Antonio favela, community members expressed a desire for a safe place for children to gather. Students from D-Lab, University of Sao Paolo and the Federal University of Sao Carlos worked together with the NGO Familia Ines to construct a playground to provide a place for neighborhood children to play.
Sao Paulo

Soccer Field Community Center

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D-Lab Development students worked with the NGO Familia Ines in Santo Antonio in a participatory development workshop to identify the needs of the local community. The outcome was the construction of an outdoor soccer field shelter to be used as a community space in the favela.
Sao Paulo

Pressurized Bamboo Treatment System

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The Adobe and Bamboo Research Institute (ABARI) came to the International Development Design Summit in 2010 to work on a nozzle for their pressurized system that treats bamboo with boron to make it a longer-lasting sustainable construction material.
Kathmandu

Volta Ventures

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Volta Ventures (VV) aims to incorporate as a real estate development and capital mobilizing company to provide cost-effective middle-class entry-level housing opportunities across Sub-Saharan Africa. VV will compete in conventional housing markets to capture value and then reinvest in affordable housing innovations for low-income families.
Africa

Interlocking Stabilized Soil Blocks

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Interlocking Stabilized Soil Blocks require almost no mortar and are stronger and more durable than rectangular soil blocks. A team of youth at the Light of Hope Health Center produce, market, sell, and construct using ISSBs in their community. This is a healthy alternative activity for youth that also provides income for their education.
Linda Compound, Lusaka

School Rainwater Harvesting System

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D-Lab Schools built a school rainwater harvesting system with local skilled workers to provide water for 270 children from grades 1-6. A storage of 6,000L should last through the wet season and part of the dry season, as the school has only one working well. A first-flush system helps separate sediment on the roof from clean rainwater.
Atwea

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