Is it possible to restore nature, not as a charity, but as a profitable investment? For many years, living in the interior of Panama, watching virgin forests disappear before my eyes, I contemplated this challenging problem. And I believe to have found the solution. Not production forests or vague CO2 schemes, but a real way to restore nature, benefiting the local population as well as your wallet.
The secret lies in making nature a product that can be bought with the same ease as buying a can of soda, for roughly the same price. This might sound horrible to idealistic minded people, but think about it for a minute: if people can buy a piece of rain-forest by phone, from the comforts of their own home, for just a few dollars, how many people would be willing to do so?
How about we take it a step further, and make it resalable too? It would make nature a real and tangible commodity, and give it value. For what is nature right now? Just an abstraction. Valuable in our collective conscience but not in the real world. Mankind has a terrible track record protecting it. Mowgli will change that.
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A few weeks ago I left Malta to try my luck somewhere else. I would have loved to organize the event I intended to hold, a conference regarding Maltese contemporary architecture (or rather lack thereof), however circumstances do not allow me to pursue such an interesting but unprofitable venture. I would like to thank the people who offered their help with organizing it: Norbert Attard, Narcy Calamatta and Eduard Duca. Their support gave me really warm feelings towards Malta.
In order to repay the favour I’ll share with you some observations regarding the problems of Maltese developments and offer suggestions for change.
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Several months ago I came across a product called aircrete or foamcrete. It has been around for a few decades but as of today has mostly been used as an insulation material, while its potential for construction has yet to be fully appreciated.
Aircrete is basically mortar filled with air; sand, cement and a foaming agent ~ a type of soap. Special mixing equipment is required to make it but the process is not high-tech, just different from mixing concrete or mortar the conventional way.
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Thus far I have designed and built three buildings, which are, for reasons of budget constraints and inexperience, not as spectacular as I would have liked them to be. Nevertheless I am very proud of how my hotel turned out to be, and I know I am capable of designing buildings that are truly special. Continue reading “Architectural influences”
Last month I was in Dubai promoting an app called “Designated Driver”. A longtime friend and business associate needed help marketing an app he’d been working on for the past year, which was about to go live. Continue reading “Designated Driver (Dubai)”
A friend of mine who owns a sizeable coffee plantation located at some of the highest areas of Central Panama asked me: “On my land I have several creeks and lots of water, I was wondering if we could make a lake there?” My usual reply to such questions is: “Let’s find out, when do we start?”
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