Monthly Archives: August 2012


“Cambodia is developing quickly.  It’s bitter sweet.  Life is getting easier for many and the country is more accessible but development comes at a price.  Either way, it’s fun to follow what’s happening.

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A Medical Center Made From Plastic Bottles

-reposted from lumhor: architecture and arbanism in Cambodia, august 3, 2012.

When it comes to the 21st century, people start to care about the environment as the world natural resources have been decreasing noticeably. Researchers have been working hard to find new alternative resources. While researching works on new alternatives are being undertaken – reusing, recycling and renewing methods are also being used. Treak Village Medical Centre is a good example of this method.

Treak Village Medical Centre is a project of a Cambodian non-profit NGO, HUSK for communities, formed by the owners and senior manager of The Villa Siem Reap and Sojourn. The medical center main wall construction material are plastic bottles in which green waste and wet rubbish are put. The plastic bottle is called Eco Block. According to HUSK website, the idea of Eco block is invented by Pura Vida.

The wall of this medical center is made by bounding the Eco blocks between layers of chicken wire which is attached to the metal frame. They use concrete  – up to 3 layers of cement mixed with sand – to apply to the outside of the bottles. The process of making this wall is easy and the Eco block is green and cost efficient.