We will launch our 2d pilot project and build a Community Center in EL Qata close to the Nile Delta Barrage.
Desertec has shown interest and we are currently investigating the possibility of cooperation in the field of renewable energy.
A 'green bridge' between traditional Nubian vault technique and modern energy efficieny, to keep the building naturally cool in summer and warm in winter.
In the harsh sun of the Middle East, one thing is very clear when you build a new place: it must work with the wind and the sun.
Design With Nature is creating a colorful guesthouse according to traditional Nubian earth architecture with a modern twist: we add renewable energy. Nubian vaults + solar panels & windmill, all positioned on sun and wind.
We are looking back to tradition for innovation.
Much of the old Nubian technique of building with adobe bricks and limestone has been lost in Egypt due to modern building techniques.
We are focussing on combining this traditional technique with modern energy efficient elements such as solar panels.
Old energy saving principles are used such as load-bearing walls of 60 cm with a courtyard and we use local building materials.
For the past two years, we have put our heart and an endless amount of energy into this colorful Nubian place where you are very welcome to enjoy your holidays, sabbatical year or quality time. Devoted and eager. In order to complete it, we now need financial support.
This will cover parts of essential costs of the place, such as making the mud bricks, painting the colorful vaults, labour of the master masons.
We have made all perks with the local people, the potters, silk screen printers, craftsmen and women. Textile is made by Tukul Crafts, ceramics by potter Rawya Abd El Kadr and Mohamed Hakim. Graphic designer Willemien den Oudsten made the wonderful book with mud cover specially for this project, the sketches of the building are all made by our own team.
Scroll down or check out the list on the right in the perk section and you'll find them all. We will be adding more perks and updating our page, so check back often!
Our building materials: mud, sand, straw, water and limestone are all available within 2 km of our building site, in Tunis village, Fayoum, Egypt.
Willemien den Oudsten, founder of Design With Nature, is living in Tunis village in Egypt for four years and built up her extended network.
She interacts with local master masons, craftsmen, potters, fishermen, speaks Arabic and knows the ‘ins and outs’ of local culture & rules.
She is experienced in design, architecture, crafts and community and knows the sector from various roles: entrepreneur, design manager, consultant, designer. She lived in the Sudan for three years and is living in Egypt where she lectures graphic design at the American University in Cairo at the Department of the Arts as an Adjunct Faculty.
This vast experience, plus Willemien’s ambition and commitment to Design With Nature are a good starting point. Qualified and enthusiastic team members are indispensible and are found.
Read Willemien's guest blog in Dutch.
Dr Hassan Mebed - Our mastermind
Hosni Mohamed - Our nature specialist
Leonore Briët - Our first backer and main ambassador
Amr Faruk - Our renewable energy specialist
Ahmad Soliman has already finished some mudbrick houses, lovingly designed and built in the Nubian earth style. Our mudbrick expert, Ahmed Abdallah has created a couple of hundreds mudbricks for us.
Um Mohamed - Woman power no matter what
Mohamed Khamis - Our carpenter
Ahmed Soliman - Master mason
Fatima - Always there, for tea and good food
Mahmoud Yousef - Potter, expert in ceramics
• Built up an extended network, local as well as international
• Set up a team of local experts
• Found a suitable piece of land, extension possible if we can get enough support from you
• Made couple of hundreds of mud bricks
• Set up an advisory board with Egyptian and international experts
• Documenting the project from A to Z
• Made the visual identity of Design With Nature with logo, website, video trailer, newsletter, all our rewards, QR code, banner, packaging etc
I admire Hassan Fathy, great that you use these techniques again, which he in his era also saved from oblivion.
Proud to be able to part of it.
We steunen je graag bij de opbouw van dit lemen huis. Het roept warme gevoelens bij ons op - het materiaal, het sociale verhaal, Egypte... - maar herinnert ons ook aan ons eigen lemen tuinpaviljoen in Beuningen (Gld.) waar we jaren met heel veel liefhebbers aan gewerkt hebben. We willen graag 250,- euro bijdragen aan jullie project namens Stichting Oase. Aangezien we reislustig zijn, halfnomadisch noemen we ons zelf wel eens, zou het ook best wel eens kunnen dat we jullie ooit komen bezoeken.Lots of succes and our warm regards,
Willy Leufgen & Marianne van Lier
The world has to know about this project!
You don't have to be a builder, architect or biotect to get involved. You just have to love Design With Nature. We have designed a number of easy ways to get involved...
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Let’s do this! Together we will make it happen.
Thanks for all your love and support,
The Design With Nature Team
Quiriene den Oudsten - For her never ending professional support
Q Gardens - For developing our natural garden
Yvette de Ruiter - Member of our Team and Member of the Board
Gys Zevenbergen (winner Nipkow Disk 2013) - For your video editing advise
Arita Baaijens - For desert related advise
Dutch Design Company - For the superb branding
To all local craftsmen and women in Tunis village whose hard work, inspiration and dedication helped us to get Design With Nature where it is today.
You can still contribute shipping cost on top of your current pledge by using the ‘Shipping costs’ button and add the €15 on top of your current contribution.
I am sure I'll manage to get € 1,000 together, donated with help of all my friends.
But I do not understand how to use that code in the share button. Is seems to be simple. Please help me!
Send us an email in any language to email@example.com and we will guide you.
Can I become winner in your referral contest in more than one category?
Yes you can contest in all categories at the same time. Good luck!
I am not on Facebook and Twitter, but I really want to get involded, how?You can add our campaign widget to your email and share with your friends.
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I have donated already, can I get that free perk?
Yes, of course you can. Just click the share button as explained and spread the word via your social network as much as you can. We will do the rest.
I donated for your first campaign. Can I donate again?
Yes you can donate again. We will be happy to receive your donation for this campaign as well.
How will you know my size for the T-shirts / polo?
If you picked a perk that includes a T-shirt or polo, sizes available are S, M, L, XL. We will be in touch to get your T-shirt sizes.
Can I pick more than one perk?
Yes but you must pay for them separately so that we can keep track of what you chose.
Can I contribute more money than a particular category?
Sure, if you chose a perk that is $130 and you want to give $200 go ahead and enter the number manually upon checkout.
I forgot to add the shipping costs. What to do?
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The Design With Nature Team
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