Updates and inspiration// What connects us to our surrounding and how do these connections give value to a place.
1928 : Willow is used to construct the 'afsluitdijk' to stabilise the stones.
A 'Dobbe' is a dug out pond often found in the northern area of the Netherlands. The dug out soil is used to create a wall around the pond. While this is originally done to create a drinking place for cattle when the salt water rises (the fresh water inside the pond floats on top of the salt water), it has also proven to be an essential element in the landscape to find safety when waterlevels rise.
The same techniques are still being used.
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.