architects seek plastic bottles to build shelters for mexico quake homeless - good glass water bottle
TEPIC, Mexico (
Thomson Reuters Foundation-
Tens of thousands of empty plastic bottles are filled with rubble and dirt to create earthquakes.
Resistance emergency shelters for homeless people in Mexico's recent earthquake, architects say they urge people to donate bottles.
Starting from the broken town of jozola in Morelos state, it is close to the epicenter of the 7 th last Tuesday.
The plan aims to help locals build cheap shelters large enough for two to four people, made from bottles filled with pieces of collapsed houses.
"Now, people sleep in the streets, in the ruins, in the rain.
So we need housing now.
We can't wait for the government to decide that it will be helpful, "said Anna Vanessa renden zanigar, three emerging buildings that build viverandas.
Emergency Housing)campaign (VIEM).
"There are millions of bottles in the donations received. . .
"Our plan is to go to the community and show them how to build these houses," she added . ".
Last week's earthquake shocked Mexico City and surrounding states, killing 331 people and damaging 11,000 homes. many survivors now live in tents or emergency housing.
It follows an 8.
Earlier this month, a magnitude 1 earthquake struck poor southern states, including Wahaka and Chiapas, killing about 100 people and requiring aid to millions.
Organizers of the campaign asked people to donate empty bottles with caps at the collection centers in Mexico City and elsewhere, as well as the tools, screens and timber needed to build houses.
About 2,000 bottles are needed for each emergency shelter.
The flexibility of plastic bottles means they are more resistant to earthquakes than concrete, said Eduardo Garcia Valencia, president of Liderazgo Joven Group (
It helps to build a permanent house with "bottle bricks" filled with sand and dirt.
Many houses destroyed during the earthquake are traditional adobe buildings, using sun-
Organic materials such as dry soil.
Garcia's organization, in partnership with VIEM, plans to transform some temporary homes into permanent ones and raise funds to help with the earthquake
He said new houses were built in the community.
He calculated that it would take 15,000 to build a two-bottle plastic or glass bottlebedroom home.
But changing attitudes towards bottled houses will be key, as some remain concerned about the safety of these buildings, which experts say can also withstand hurricanes.
"We heard some comments that they were not good and it was not safe to live in a pet house," Rendon said . " Rendon refers to the material used to make plastic bottles.
"But there are many people who have lived in such a house for 20 years. The house is still good.
This is a decent way of life.