When I started my new challenge with GreenBuilding4All, I decided to fly to Latin America. Why? I don’t really know, I always have had a feeling for this unknown part of the world. South America is huge, I had to focus on a country to start. First temptation was Brazil. But I didn’t speak a word of Portuguese (still don’t). So I headed to another tempting country: Argentina. All feedbacks from friends where highly positive. So I booked my ticket to Buenos Aires. I spent 4 months before moving to Montevideo, Uruguay. 4 months full of surprises, different from my expectations.

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27 months in Indonesia. It doesn’t seem that big compared to the 900+ months I am supposed to live. However, even though I feel like time passed by in the blink of an eye, it was enough to live great experiences. Holydays, weekends, parties and others were just fantastic. But I won’t focus on that kind of experience, I have so much that I could fill a book with it. This post is focusing on experiences I had while working in Indonesia. this first part focuses on some good side stories that happened to me in Indonesia.

Keep time before you fly back, especially in Bali

No, I’m not writing KUDETA_1.1about the traffic or aiport safety procedures forcing you to reach the airport long before your flight. During my 2+ years working in Indonesia, my main project was in Bali. During a year, I had to fly thereevery 2 weeks (it really was to work, I never created fake meetings!). Sometimes with my client, sometimes on my own. Even if we didn’t have much time to enjoy the island of Gods, we had some great time there. Must trips finished by a taxi directly heading to the airport and a flight back to Jakarta. But sometimes we had enough time for a quick drink or meal before the flight. However had been my day, the view, good food & cocktails made me forgot about everything. Really worth it! (more…)

An industrialized countries duty, or why green building design know-how must be shared today with emerging countries. How an updated economic principle from the last century help reaching significant results, fast and easily.

In 2014, 54%[1] of worldwide population live in urban areas. There was only 30% back in 1950 and forecasts raise the figure to 66% by 2050. It means an additional 2.5 billion people in urban areas, almost 90% being in Asia and Africa.

Industrialized countries benefited from a slow and progressive urbanization. It went along with their industrial development (evolution in building construction, waste water networks, public transportations, etc.).

As an example, Paris, 2.3 million inhabitants, built its subway in the early 1900s. Jakarta, more than 15 million inhabitants, expects its first subway line to be operational in 2017!

Emerging countries are facing a demographic explosion paired with a massive migration from rural to urban areas. (more…)

I had the chance to do quite a lot of trips in Indonesia, and I must admit the Tana Toraja literally blew my mind.

It started like this: night bus from Makassar to Rantepao. Destination reached at around 6 am, sun slowly rising behind massive clouds and rain… The bus dropped me in the main street, which is, unfortunately like in many Indonesian cities, quite ugly. I picked up my backpack, disappointed by the surroundings, and took an ojek (moto taxi). Very helpful, he drove me to 3 homestays before I found a nice one to stay. Bad weather, still a bit tired, so I decided to go for a power nap. A few hours later (yes, was a big power nap), the weather seemed better, I decided to rent a motorbike and went discovering the Tana Toraja.

Toraja scenery

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Pourquoi les pays industrialisés doivent apporter leur expertise en conception de bâtiments verts dans les pays émergents dès à présent, et comment d’anciens principes mis au goût du jour permettent d’atteindre des résultats significatifs, rapidement et facilement.

 En 2014, 54%[1] de la population mondiale réside dans des zones urbaines. Cette part n’était que de 30% en 1950, et devrait atteindre 66% en 2050 selon les dernières projections. Cela signifie un ajout de 2,5 milliards de personnes en zone urbaine, dont près de 90% en Asie et en Afrique.

 Les pays industrialisés ont bénéficié d’un développement progressif, leur permettant une urbanisation relativement lente, allant souvent de pair avec leur évolution industrielle (évolution dans la construction des bâtiments, des réseaux égouts, dans les modes de transport en commun, etc.).

A titre d’exemple, Paris compte aujourd’hui 2,3 millions d’habitants et possède un réseau de métro depuis début 1900. Jakarta compte aujourd’hui plus de 15 millions d’habitants, et une première ligne de métro prévue pour…2017 ! (more…)

Let’s have a short flight back in time: Indonesia – 2012- heading to Jakarta for the first time. I really wanted to be surprised so I did my best not to look at pictures or posts about it. Obviously, I was so excited that I draw my own pictures about the city, lifestyle, etc. And then I landed there. I took a huge slap. Straight to my face, no warning.  It appeared nothing was in line with my thoughts. Indonesia 1 – 0 Me.

Jakarta-imagined

Real Jakarta Vs My imagination

I knew the beginning would be hard, but I didn’t expect it to be that hard. Everybody warned me about the cultural gap, so I get prepared for this next round. Ahah. Truth is I wasn’t at all, and I’m not sure there’s a preparation for it. Indonesia 2 – 0 Me. Let me highlight this with true stories I experienced. (more…)

Why being disconnected from your everyday life helps you finding the true questions to address, how to create the environment you need to get the answers and become your life designer.

GilisJune 2014. Indonesia. That’s where all started. Sunny days, fishy tropical waters, white sand beaches, end of an amazing trip around Flores and Lombok islands. In a word: paradise (I almost forgot the amazing seafood!). The end of a 2 weeks total disconnection. No computer, most places with no signal or Wi-Fi. But most important of all, 15 days with my cousins I didn’t meet for a while. 3 different people, different jobs, different points of view. I couldn’t have done it alone. (more…)

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