Architectural Environmental Strategies is a non-profit organization, connecting people and communities in developing countries with sustainable development initiatives. The process aims to promote self-sufficiency, to work within the cultural context, and to use sensible and sustainable building techniques. We aim to raise awareness by working in a participatory way with local communities.
AES came into being during the 2009 project, Caqalai: A Vision of an Eco-Resort. Caqalai Island is a community-operated budget resort, which opened its doors to enable us to work directly with the indigenous community on neighboring Moturiki Island – an island with ten villages located along the coastline and providing home to an estimated 900 people. Many of the villages face similar challenges: lack of fresh water, rising sea levels, increased pollution, limited waste management and less-than-sustainable ways of life.