Bamboo Vertical Gardens

In the community of Ha Tanwa, Chiang Mai, we worked with residents to design and build a vertical bamboo gardening system to produce herbs and vegetables for locals. Residents asked us to help them build low-cost gardens which could be productive in the small amount of available space in the high density community. We adapted a three level vertical bamboo garden design, making use of readily available and affordable materials to produce… Read More

Greywater Treatment System

In Chiang Mai, Thailand, we collaborated with the Ha Tanwa local women’s group to design and build a pilot system for the treatment of household kitchen wastewater. With the goals to better manage open drainage networks, productively and safely reuse water, and decrease the community’s impact on nearby water streams, the project was seen as important to communities in defending themselves against accusations of polluting the canal. The design was adapted and… Read More

Environmental Monitoring

It is often poor people who are the most vulnerable to the impacts of environmental degradation. This environmental injustice is made worse by the lack of openly available tools for scientific environmental monitoring. Understanding and monitoring environmental quality is central to not only improving it but in empowering people to demand appropriate action from their political representatives. In northern Thailand, we collaborated with Chiang Mai University in a research thesis on water… Read More

Floating Wetlands

Environmental degradation disproportionately impacts the poor, adding to issues with basic services and increasing the challenges they already face. In Chiang Mai, Thailand, household security and environmental quality in Ha Tanwa and other communities living along the Mae Kha canal are threatened by the pollution of the nearby waterway. Faced with government inaction, these communities asked us for help in tackling this issue. As communities were already active in taking solid waste… Read More

Thailab Workshop

Our first field office, Thailab, was located in the city of Chiang Mai in northern Thailand. We mapped communities, stakeholders, and needs during our time there. We also aimed to establish a long-term community working space there and managed to get interest in the idea from the Chiang Mai University, local NGOs and experts, as well as communities. Due to our limited time there, we weren’t able to get the place up… Read More