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  • Harvey Lacey

    I heard about this and thought it was a perfect scenario for ubuntublox . Ubuntublox is more than recycled plastic building blocks for houses that have been earthquake and hurricane force winds tested.

    Ubuntu is an African term for community, the great we, our commitment/benefit to/from others. Here it would be a bridge between school kids, community, and those needing purpose once again in their lives.

    • Alessandra Rizzotti

      Interesting. Would love to see these. I never heard of them!

      • Harvey Lacey and more current stuff is to be found on youtube, you'll really like the one by changestream video.

        We designed it for developing nations. But it is just as good an idea for projects like this. It's not about what we can do FOR people but what we can do WITH people.

        Students learn to recycle and the importance of saving the planet by collecting the foam and film plastics they use at home and school. That material is made into building blocks for community groups to use with the homeless to build great homes.

  • Alessandra Rizzotti

    I love that they're not just building houses- but also community places in which to engage. That's what will make it feel like home. I love how former homeless people build the furniture in the homes! What a wonderful way for them to contribute. I'd love to visit this community. It makes me wonder why we don't contribute to our communities in the same way.

  • lauren.picarello

    how AWESOME!!! such innovation happening in austin. this is truly incredible.