Harvey Lacey in Africa with visiting SMU Professor, Kenyan architect Ronald Omyonga
2012 Memnosyne Hamster Wheel Project
Harvey Lacey creates house
with recycled plastic bags
The Memnosyne Foundation’s "Hamster Wheel Program" works to collaboratively create
a project with individuals or organizations who have identified a solution with the
potential to empower a whole community or communities to escape an economic, environmental,
health, etc. cycle they are "stuck" in. Solutions which take an integral approach
to addressing multiple challenges facing a community are prioritized.
This is a program The Memnosyne Center for Global and Local Outreach seeks to do in collaboration with one or more of the other Memnosyne centers and all of The Memnosyne Foundation’s Center directors are encouraged to bring any such situations to the attention of the organization.
In 2012, The Memnosyne Foundation partnered with inventor Harvey Lacey who has developed a machine for creating plastic blocks out of plastic bags, Styrofoam, bottles, and whatever plastic trash people are trying to throw away. These plastic blocks can then be use to build houses. The process involves taking bags full of Styrofoam, plastic bottles, and other trash bags-
The Memnosyne Foundation’s underwriting the tests necessary to prove the concept’s ability to withstand a7.0 earthquake test and a 90 mph wind test is just the first step towards future collaborations should the concept be successful. Harvey Lacey’s concept qualified for the “Hamster Wheel” program because it has the potential of helping communities worldwide to escape the sociological-
Top of Form 1Update: Harvey’s House passed the wind and earthquake tests. Watch video.