I am inviting anyone who has interest in working with construction of a greenhouse in Quinhai, Yushu county, it’s part of the Tibet region, next to the Chendu province. I had some luck to visit this charity school and build a tiny greenhouse there as a semi-art/national volunteer project, the idea was to combine my personal interest with a social innovation case. It was the local charity school wanted this greenhouse, I was just there to try to make this request more “interesting” or perhaps a bit artistic, but practially we just want a solidify greenhouse which can survive from the difficult winter (-20º to -30º) and provide the yearly run vegetable growing inside.
I went to the charity school 3 times in 2018 (first time field research myself, second time some children workshop with some artists and 3rd time I built one greenhouse at the last time). I had no any experience to make any greenhouse, eventually I took a pithouse in Bolivia as my reference, because the Tibet and Bolivia are both plateau. I built the house with the local community according to some basic parameters provided by a weather engineer Wiriya Rattanasuwan in Thailand, including the degree of the roof slope, the orientation of the house…etc. The first prototype is 4 x 7 meters, 2 meters in depth, the condition is good, plants grows okay inside, I heard it grows well even in winter, but super slow, one problems is it lack of maintaining, knowledgeably and operationally.
There are 3 basic designs for the pit-house model we choose:
- Half underground, to prevent the cold and use some earth heat.
- Earth battery, its a long pipe for warming up cool air drained from inside the greenhouse, usually
- Solar energy for power and hot water.
The artistic part:
I had some crazy ideas for a generative documentary film parallel with this greenhouse construction, but this is something “extra”:
The progress we have done in 2018:
Please drop any questions if you like, the participance can be remotely or physically. I am planing to go to build the second one hopefully in August.