Darcey Donovan on rebuilding Pakistani homes to be Earthquake ready with Straw Bale Construction

Architecture, Building, Interviews, Talk — By on 10/27/2011 23:53

Leader in Sustainable Development: Darcey Donovan

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How do you provide affordable structurally sound  housing to masses of people who have had their homes destroyed in a an earthquake?

Social Entrepreneur Darcey Donovan teaches us exactly that  in her work with PAKSAB providing quality straw bale constructed houses to Pakistani residents of at the base of the pyramid. (base of the pyramid = people who live on less than $10/day)

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About Darcey Donovan

Since February 2006, Darcey has committed herself to adapting, teaching and promoting straw bale and other appropriate building methods in the earthquake affected region of northern Pakistan. Darcey has been practicing engineering since 1986, and has a B.S. in Mechanical Engineering from Stanford University, an M.S. in Civil Engineering from the University of Nevada, Reno, and is a licensed Professional Civil Engineer. She also has substantial hands-on residential construction experience, from foundation through finish work. In 2000 Darcey established EcoEngineering, a Truckee, CA based structural engineering practice specializing in ecologically oriented residential design, with an emphasis on straw bale, passive solar and green building. She is a founder of the Sierra Green Building Association and sits on the California Straw Building Association Advisory Board. Darcey’s varied PAKSBAB activities include design and engineering, training, strategic planning, securing projects, fundraising and presentations. She is also the Principal Investigator for PAKSBAB’s seismic research project.


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