Art for Community at the “Red Dream” Community House in Ta Phin!

Last July, the Art for Community travelled out to Taphin Village, 20km outside Sapa in Northern Vietnam. They held the community Art class at the “Red Dream” Community House! Our friend Pete Wilkes from TET Lifestyle Collection and Bridget organize this amazing workshop. More than 100 Red Dzao children had an extraordinary experience and the chance to draw together! Inspired by their drawings, Bridget has created a collection of prints and postcards that are being sold to provide a sustainable income for the schools. You can find these drawings and more amazing pice of arts at the Sapa Festival of teh Arts 2014.

Thank you very much!




Training in Ta Phin!

The Artichoke training in Ta Phin continues, an amazing contribution from Mr. Hung!

A great contribution for the community!

Thank You!
















Amazing harvest in Ta Phin!

Red Dream team is really proud! The villagers in Ta Phin harvested 130 kg of artichoke leaf at the Community House’s Garden!

This is going to be an extra source of income for this community!









Artichoke Garden, Ta Phin

Three months later we can see the artichoke garden as beautiful as never! At the beginning of the summer and depending of the weather we could have the first harvest. The farmers made Bokashi compost (organic) and are using it to provide nutrients for the crop. We would need 1800 meter of pipe to get the water to the area of the community house. As a sustainable project, we are signing a contract with a supplier who is going to buy the production to the community.

It is amazing to follow the evolution of this project since the end of 2010 and our contribution to this community. We keep working together as always!







Working on a Sustainable Land

Red Dream team has been working on the sustainability of the land for the conservation garden. Miss Huong Nguyen is our expert in this field. Some details of the field work.

Purposes:  to lessen chemical fertilizer use and enrich soil fertility (especially in chemical-contaminated area)

Procedure: ~45 days

Mix: Cattle dung (1000 kg) + Rice brown (50 kg) + Rice husk charcoal (20kg) + Alcohol ferment (0.3 kg) (all the components’ amount are approximate)

The mixture was stored in cool, dry place and in close-mouthed bags (recycle from fertilizer or seed bags) to encourage fermentation; checked every day or every other day and mixed in open area if material temperature exceeds 65C. (At the beginning, daily mixture is required but lessened during the whole period). The end product is odorless and fine, possibly with white fungus hyphae.

Note: rice brown is used to feed bacteria in alcohol ferment and thus could be alternated with disease-free plant materials (plant residue or grass).

Usage: basal and top dressing, as much as needed. Application can be as much as 1 kg/m2/year” for soil fertility improvement. In case of eggplant, a single plant need 20kg from sowing to harvest.

The farmers in the pictures are applying “Bokashi” compost to artichoke. They saw more vigorous plants compared with limited fertilizer investment practice. The plants are expected to be less susceptible to pests and diseases (more updates will be provided later as the plants grow bigger).




FuturArc – Community Development




It’s not the size that matters. Small projects can make a big impact. Community-supported construction of sustainable and appropriate facilities is an effective social development concept, proving that architecture in underserved areas is more than development aid or environmentally-friendly construction, but a means for building a community. These projects combine traditional building materials and technologies with clever design solutions that protect the natural environment and also place great emphasis on actively engaging the local population in the construction process. Buildings constructed by the local community result not only in a series of sustainable structures, but also a newfound sense of identity, self-reliance and enhanced social cohesion, generating positive impacts upon the social environment by creating opportunities for education, job creation and training. The construction process effectively forms an important part of the transfer of knowledge, whereby locals acquire new building skills that may be reused and taught to others. It’s a matter of empowering local craftsmen to learn for themselves that freely-available materials like clay, stone and wood encompass all the properties necessary to build in their respective geographic and climatic context, and that a village that works together also grows together.


 A secondary school project in Gando, Burkina Faso; a community house in Ta Phin, Vietnam; and a dental polyclinic and library in Batu, Indonesia—though these construction projects intelligently leverage the site’s characteristics and locally-available materials, they demonstrate that Green building is not just about the architecture, but also about being socially-engaged. They integrate social and environmental performance for improved quality of life, demonstrating a successful approach combining the adaptive use of building materials, climatic mitigation, aesthetics and community development. Suitable for wide-scale application and the multiplication of the projects’ features, their far-reaching potential help their respective communities to develop a healthy pride and hope and, at the same time, to create a solid base for their development.


Ta phin Community House has a prize from The European Centre for Architecture Art Design and Urban Studies, the “Green Good Design 2013”. Congratulations to all the team and we really hope that also means a good contribution for this community.


2012 in review

The stats helper monkeys prepared a 2012 annual report for this blog.

Here’s an excerpt:

600 people reached the top of Mt. Everest in 2012. This blog got about 5,500 views in 2012. If every person who reached the top of Mt. Everest viewed this blog, it would have taken 9 years to get that many views.

Click here to see the complete report.

Amazing goal!


Victoria Hotel accepted to collaborate with Red Dream Project! They are going to buy vegetables from Ta Phin. We really need to work hard and provide the best quality, first they are going to taste the current vegetables available, then we will see the diference with the EMINA solution and the final goal will be to provide bio-dynamic vegetables from Ta Phin. But we cannot forgot that the main goal is to achieve a sustainable way to do that, should be sustainable for the local people, if not, it doesn’t make sense!

Agricultural Training!


Last weekend we started with the agricultural training with the Red Dao people at the Community House. We help them to implement the use of EMINA natural fertilizer. We send to them 50l of this solution to Ta Phin and each family will use it at their place. We expect to improve the quality and production of the vegetables during the hard winter season. It is really impressive to see their commitment as they accepted to pay the transport cost of this product from Hanoi to Ta Phin. This weekend we will have the second part of the training.


May Chan translating Huong's instruction into Dao's Questions and Answers

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