Updates and inspiration// What connects us to our surrounding and how do these connections give value to a place.
A house of religion in Iraq made from reed.
Living on floating islands of reet. Constantly adding layers, harvested from the surroundings. A dependance on the health of the surrounding ecosystem.
Sound isolating domes made of reed near highway. (waiting for trees to grow and take over this function).
AmperDesign// Visiting the youngest part of the Netherlands 'de markerwadden'. A constructed island as a haven for ecology to catch a breath in the monoculture of the waters and coasts surrounding it.
Even though it only exists for a couple of years, the island is full of life. Pioneering species of plants, birds and life under water.
Beehive making. Skep style. How big can i scale this up?
water windmill, a creature in its biotope.
Updates and inspiration// Research on soil as the base of our subsistence.
AmperDesign// On the left a walking windmill building a donut shaped hill, below that a donut shaped sludge structure from reed and willow to build up a layer every sludge season to grow a hill and basin for drought, or high water. On the right a concept for a machine twining a reed 'snake'.
Peat cutter in the province of Drenthe.
Manmade hills in the landscape. A landscape typology as a result of the coexistence with recurring flooding.
Reed building blocks at 10:40 in video.
AmperDesign// Open defecation with a view and other ideas.
AmperDesign// visiting Kooijman bv, roofing with reed. Checking on the big pile of rest material not suitable for roofing, but perfect for fiber experiments.
AmperDesign// First test construction for ripening sludge with natural fibers.
Amazing root structures from open source: https://images.wur.nl/digital/collection
Updates and inspiration// Human intervention in a damaged ecosystem. Research revolving community driven landscape restoration.
Website of research foundation:
When Faith Moves Mountains - by Francis Alys.
AmperDesign// Low-tech production unit development in our workshop in Zaandam.
AmperDesign// preparing the testing fields in Karamoja Uganda for the anti-erosion mat from Ecokick Foundation.
Hedging, the craft of making and maintaining a hedge out of existing old vegetation. A hedge can grow many years old this way. Hedges are an important place to offer shadow, nesting place and facilitate biodiversity in an agricultural landscape.