Earthship Biotecture, Malawi, Disaster Relief, Humanitarian design, recycled materials, earth architecture, green design, sustainable design, eco-design, solar power, Empower Malawi, Malawi community center, rainwater capture, thermal cooling, greenhouse technology, earthship design Africa

Earthship architecture not only incorporates natural materials to build off-grid homes and other structures, but also relies on waste materials such as plastic bottles, disused rubber tires, glass and a host of other materials. For the project in Malawi, which has the ultimate aim of creating a self-sufficient hub that provides educational, health and other community services for the 38 villages in the Kapita region that currently has none of these services, the group have planned a center shaped like a flower.

Optimized for thermal cooling, rainwater capture and innovative waste-management, the center will belong entirely to the people of Mzimba, Malawi, who will be invited to help with the construction process. Earthship Biotecture and Empower Malawi have launched an Indiegogo campaign to raise $13,000 for the project. The first two rooms should be completed within 10 days of breaking ground, with 50 volunteers on board to help, and the remaining six rooms will be up to community.

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