Artisan Profile: Fernando Cruz, Sancti Spiritus, Cuba

IMG_20160229_160710652_HDRI’d  heard about him through word of mouth. He uses local clay and had opened his own workshop. So I’m on a bike in the scorching afternoon sun and the dusty dirt roads are beginning to all look the same. Amongst the brighly coloured cinder block buildings and helpful abuelas taking in their laundry, I see it at last: a cluttered clay workshop where topless men waft cigarette smoke and work boisterously.  Continue reading “Artisan Profile: Fernando Cruz, Sancti Spiritus, Cuba”

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Cuba: Simple Solutions for Simple Living

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Simply designed composting toilets are a perfectly legal and sustainable option throughout the country. Just make sure you follow the directions!

There was so much to take in. Without Starbucks at every corner and big box eyesores in every community Cuba has been leading a green revolution since the fall of the Soviet Union. That’s when the country was largely cut off from foreign aid and catapulted into crisis mode or what is known as the ‘Special Period’ ending in the year 2000. With the US embargo still in full swing (Yes, the US has only stopped travel restrictions for Americans and no longer views it an enemy nation), the country is exemplary in its sustainable design, organic, localized food production, small scale business, appropriate technology and all round inventive ingenuity making do with what can be found, fixed or retrofitted…sometimes all three!   Continue reading “Cuba: Simple Solutions for Simple Living”

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Art of Making an Earth Oven


The Simple Art of Making an Earth Oven

Kiko Denzer, earth oven builder and sculptor, gives a step by step guide to making beautiful, outdoor ovens.

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