Tag Archives: Eco-Hostel

Google, this is “El 20”.

Jack Fermon, from Google Mexico, came up with an idea on how to increase the efficiency of WiFi network installations through ‘frugal innovation’; that is, by making use of low cost and even cheap materials that are easy to find and with which people could build antennas of their own. The ultimate goal being, spreading the […]

ALM 2015, course description and objectives

In 2015, Aalto LAB Mexico is one out of three case studies of Sustainable Global Technologies course in Aalto University. Therefore, the program is as follows: PHASE 1: Preparation – September to December 2014 SGT Studio course preparations and design, defining workshop objectives, call for applications for Aalto students, selecting the students. Aalto students took […]

Crowdfunding the Eco-Hostel

VIDEO in Spanish Video’s text in English: We are Aalto LAB Mexico, an incredibly diverse team. Some of us are artisans from the community called ’20 de Noviembre’, located in Calakmul, Campeche, Mexico, others are students, teachers, researchers either from Aalto University (Helsinki, Finland) or from the National Autonomous University of Mexico or from Monterrey […]

Constructive models?

Last week the eco-hostel group summarised the work done so far – I wanted to pick up on some of the issues – especially the idea of the ‘manual’ and what this could possibly mean for our work with 20 de Noviembre. Firstly, Delfin (visiting with Gabo & Juan, talking biomimicry & architecture) contributed the […]

Designing for tropical conditions – a case study

  Talking with Gabo and Juan last week, we discussed the need to reference a case study on tropical building strategies – incorporating passive solar strategies to maximise energy efficiency and increase comfort. So for this week I thought it would be appropriate to discuss a building that is often talked about in Australia as […]

Impact of western cultural values on traditional Mayan housing

As part of our prelim research phase, I was looking into traditional Mayan architecture and found a fantastic paper by James Davidson, “Western architectural ideology and its impact on the traditional building practices of the Maya peoples of Guatemala and Southern Mexico”. The opening question is directly relevant: “can ‘traditional’ building practices synthesise with nontraditional […]