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ComuniHACK

1379337_660300460669026_1442412667_nLet’s Hack the town! Yup, that’s what this initiative is all about: Citizens coming together to hack communities and engage them in the process of planning its improvement. You see, nobody knows better what a community needs than the community itself. Through Communihack, college students and other professionals work together with the residents to establish integrative designs that will help improve the quality of life in the area by establishing a working, coherent, development plan that will beautify the town as well as maximize the use of space to increase self-sustainability. And that’s just phase one. After that, phase two intends to actually do the proposed plans, leaving run-down communities like Santurce looking like they used to or better. The plan intends to target a different community every year or so, until hopefully, Puerto Rico gets completely hacked. Just imagine…

Although still in developmental stages, ComuniHack is already lining up community members, volunteers, and non-profit organizations like The Boys and Girls Club in order to make this dream a reality. As soon as August of 2014 a rough draft of the first ComuniHACK (Santurce) will be around.

If you’d like to know more, here’s a link to their proposal and their Facebook like page.

You may also send an email to: info@comunihack.com

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The Bamboo Hooches: Tropical Treehouse @ Rincón, Puerto Rico

Honeymoon-like Hooch behind the house
Honeymoon-like Hooch behind the house

Nestled in the mountains of Rincón, on the west coast of Puerto Rico, is a small guest house unlike any other. The entrance is almost invisible, hidden among long green bamboo, but once you cross that threshold, it’s like being transported to another place. The dry, golden hills of Rincón disappear beneath a tall bamboo forest canopy.  A doorway leads to a path and a wooden house. Beyond that is a small fountain and the path continues towards the Luna Hooch.

 

The Buddha Hooch Photo by: Maricel Jiménez
The Buddha Hooch
Photo by: Maricel Jiménez

A Hooch is a bamboo structure built like a tree house. It runs on solar panels, making it self-sustainable, and it’s equipped with a full kitchen (with cooler for a fridge), bathroom, and queen-sized bed.

The Luna Hooch has it’s own little private porch and beyond that lies the Sunset Hooch: a slightly bigger version of the Luna. To the left of the Sunset Hooch is a path leading to a large bamboo swing. The path connects to other paths throughout the property. One of those leads to the Buddha Hooch, a large-scale version of the hooch. I suspect the view must have been magnificent.

Really tall bamboo
Really tall bamboo

The grounds are full of all kinds of bamboo, some over 20 feet tall. Take your time to explore the paths, look at the spiders and taíno inspired decorations.

 

More pics on previous blog by same author: The Tropical Treehouse

Website: www.tropical-treehouse.com