Wednesday, November 5, 2008


My conclusion

The one month stay in Uganda, Africa makes the most impressive experience of my life. I was always attracted to the natural and wild world of Africa, however, I  never expected that building earth houses brought me there.

It was very lucky for me to get lots of help in all respects, Kelly informed me about this opportunity, Professor Inoue allowed me to join this project, and architect Watanabe shares his knowledge and idea with me.

Having been working in Taiwan, China and the United States, I had no similar experience close to what I have felt in Uganda. Perplex feelings came to me that I conceived the sense of safety and danger, weakness and strength, uncertainty and confidence. All these seems leading me to find and realized the answers of how to go on with my work and my life.

May god bless all the folks in Africa that they need more courage and strength to live with hard lives there.

The only pity is that I had to leave Uganda before the earth building project fully accomplished. Therefore, in Beijing, I try to draw a revised three dimensional model of architect Watanabe's design, which is localized and revised after construction. And also to give the image of how it will look when fully completed someday.

Sunday, September 21, 2008

Bye! Uganda

Time in Uganda is up. Hope the local constructor can continue the work smoothly.
Bye Bye Uganda, Bye Bye East Africa...

My friends farewelled me at Entebbe airport.

working in the last few days

discussing a revised design of earthbag domes


Setting compass system for one big dome

This big dome will go up to 9 meters, quite spectacular!

Completion of the second dome

Getting the feeling of inside the dome

Friday, September 19, 2008

still a lot of work...

Sun, Workers, Dome, and the Earth

completion the first dome

it's a great moment. an exclamation of joy.

Finishing the last few layers of the dome

up to 27 layers

inside the unfinished dome

plan of a unit

after daily work, getting ready to going home..

up tp 20 layers

the unpaved road to the construction site

cattles enjoy their right of road

Installing temporary doors and windows

Food (Protein and carbonhydrate)

food (same everyday)

taking a rest from hard working

foundation and first layer

The first layer

the first layer on the macadam foundation.

Setting the center point of the Ecovillige

working in Uganda, East Africa

Uganda ambassador of Japan, architect Watanabe and me at the site, disscussing the Ecovilliage project.

practicing Taichi in the early morning.

delicious jack fruit found here

they just know how to carry stuffs by their ways

form Beijing to Uganda