Thanks Brannon for sharing this source of information. It has been useful to go through Engineering for Change's library of resources and it was great to see that some of their resources align with ours (https://www.buildchange.org/resources/), not specifically to brick making but also other housing-related documentation.
I also do really like your idea with Built with Humanity, the name also says it all! I think it is a really great idea to solve the problems associated with gentrification in a collaborative way, with the community at the heart of the process. Gentrification is a huge phenomenon (I live in NYC!) spread everywhere, and your idea clearly creates the bridge. Well done, and good luck for the next steps of your initiative!
Brian, thank you very much for this! Our idea here is specifically to explore alternative firing materials and improve its process. But, the brick plastic seems really promising, especially since it has added value to the strength. Indonesia is one of the highly earthquake-prone countries in the world. With the recent earthquake in Lombok last week, prioritizing quality over cost is absolute. Utilize recycled plastic to help improve the strength and safety of a building from an earthquake would be a really great solution. We'll definitely consider this suggestion to another component of our program!
Hi Geoffrey, Thanks for your inputs and encouragements. We have run preliminary testings with a few alternative materials, and in fact, they burn faster, which makes them as expensive or more, to use. That is why we want to conduct more testings and with more alternative fuels, to be able to find the right one(s), that brick makers will be willing to use. While they would still be more environmental-friendly, they would be more expensive, which is a critical fact for these brick makers. We need to find the right fit and scale it as much as possible. We'll definitely share more when we have more testings done!