Regeneration Field Institute
Regeneration Field Institute aims to provide a model for ecologically, socially and economically sustainable housing development with an emphasis on seismic stability. Their vision is to streamline bamboo production, processing, distribution, and construction to make sustainable building an accessible option in coastal communities and generate local jobs. In every step their team makes for the company, they strive to keep three core objectives at the forefront of our decision-making processes, creating our People, Planet, Profit inspired mission.
RFI’s 3-fold mission
1. To donate beautiful, economically viable, and seismically safe houses to families in the most vulnerable and low-income areas with the most limited access to resources.
2. To demonstrate and promote ecologically regenerative architecture with local, sustainably sourced bamboo.
3. To train builders and create local jobs to make green building a stable and viable industry for rebuilding the local economy in Manabí, Ecuador post earthquake.
In November of 2017, RFI partnered with Los Arboleros Farm, a 71.5 acre organic tropical farm in the rural agrarian community of Chone. Los Arboleros Farm is not only a site for model bamboo plantation management, bamboo curing and processing, and provide other resources to people wanting to enter the bamboo industry, but it also serves as a demonstration for other organic regenerative agricultural practices like compost making, crop rotation, agroecology, topsoil conservation, and watershed management. Students participating in their courses will get a chance to walk through bamboo forests, work in diverse agricultural operations, see stunning jungle flora and fauna, and be able to explore larger scale landscape architecture concepts.