About us

The Mobile Factory is a 2 container upcycling and transforming technology we produce Q-Brixx lego building blocks on locations of debris concentration after a human or natural disasters. Crushed rubble in, lego blocks out. Under our management victims will be able to build highly earthquake resistant building blocks.

Disaster relief

After a disaster victims often live in tents for years. This system keeps them in a desperate impasse.

Empowerment

Tents ensure only initial care. The Q-Brixx lego stacking system makes rapid replacement possible.

Sustainability

Transforming debris into building products on location is an optimized cradle to cradle system.

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Poverty Reduction

During the training and construction period unemployed workers will earn a salary from which they pay of their self build house.

Origin and history

Gerard Steijn is the founder and director of The Mobile Factory. He achieved distinction as a communication advisor and organisation consultant. In 2002 Steijn took part in a study into sustainability in the construction industry. As a result, he became increasingly more aware of the sustainable re-use of construction debris. He experienced the re-use of construction debris In western economies as a growing circular production process. However, in wars and disaster areas as well as in developing countries construction debris is expensive waste, which causes high ecological footprints. His confidence in a combined sustainability/economic market formula was translated into the establishment of The Mobile Factory in 2007. During the next four years he was commissioned by Dutch- and international NGO’s, to do research on the re-use of construction debris for reconstruction purposes of slum areas and visited a.o. slums in countries like El Salvador, Kenia, Nigeria and Haiti. Meanwhile he was developing an sustainable construction system called the Q-Brixx concept, a stacking system of Lego building blocks. This system allows systematic and rapidly build homes in any shape.

The strategy of The Mobile Factory is to establish a pilot project in Haiti, were after 5,5 years after the earthquake in January 2010 is still covered with 25 million tons of construction debris, the equivalent of 500.000 safe, affordable homes, while at this moment approximately 100.000 victims of the disaster are still trying to survive in 5,5 years old squishy tents.

The Mobile Factory intents to share their high-tec knowledge as well as the developed low- touch technology for NGO’s and UN organizations, which core activities are the realisation of safe, humane and affordable homes for homeless victims of disasters.
More information? Read one of the interviews with Gerard Steijn here.

Visie

Rubble is a multi valuable resource. We want to demonstrate to the world that rubble allows local communities to help themselves. It stimulates  local economies, which is instrumental for the breakthrough of the poverty line.
We want to create awareness, visibility and assignments in a network of national and international NGO’s and governmental organizations. Thus creating understanding and jobs for uneducated, unemployed people, building their own safes, affordable housing.

Ambitie

In the upcoming 10 years The Mobile Factory wants to use it’s acquired knowledge and developed technology – converting rubble into building blocks – to give shelter to refugees and victims in the disaster and war affected areas.

Code of Ethics

With our code of ethics we are setting out the ethical values of The Mobile Factory to our stakeholders, the Crew Members and connecting parties. We make this code publicly available for anyone with an interest in the company’s activities and the way it does business. It includes details of how the company plans to implement its values and vision in the daily routine.

Code articles:

  • We aim to share knowledge and technology
  • We will train and educate under-privileged people for self-relief and reconstruction activities
  • Optimised implementation of local resources in projects is a goal in itself
  • Development of environmental awareness by re-using construction waste as raw material is the basis of mental and social growth of parties involved
  • Knowledge transfer must strive to reduce vulnerabilities to future disasters and other calamities
  • In our communication activities and attitude we shall recognize victims of disasters and calamities as dignified human beings
  • On request we provide interested individuals and parties statements of financial and substantive accountability of our projects

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Home Work Foundation

HOMEWORK FOUNDATION (HWF) aims to realize, on the basis of innovative and sustainable strategies, affordable and sustainable housing solutions for the underprivileged in slum communities and low income settlements in developing countries and countries with emerging economies. Read more about HWF.

Who are we?

Gerard Steijn

Gerard Steijn

Founder

“Self help is instrumental for the breakthrough of the poverty circle”

Martijn van Rheenen

Martijn van Rheenen

Advisory Board

“Away from the bling bling real estate economy”

Prof. Dr. Ir. Hennes de Ridder

Prof. Dr. Ir. Hennes de Ridder

Advisory Board

“It is time for a major change”

Paul Meijer

Paul Meijer

Advisory Board

“Let’s connect with the community”

Lex Meijers

Lex Meijers

Qumey

“Aid development is all about teamwork.”

Sergio Valkenburg

Sergio Valkenburg

Representative Haiti

“To put a smile on the face of human beings in distress is what we aim for”

Frans Le Blanc

Frans Le Blanc

Executor, Haiti

“Sustainable houses from disaster to smiles.”

 

Djaja van den Berg

Djaja van den Berg

Communication

“Educate and empower while cleaning the planet

Guusje van Beek

Guusje van Beek

Design

“The growing confidence of underprivileged people, gives me energy.”

Antoon van Beek

Antoon van Beek

Design

“Creating faith in visual perspectives: that’s what design can do.”

Michel de Bruin

Michel de Bruin

Co-Manager

“In the new world multiplying comes after sharing.”

René Beverwijk

René Beverwijk

Technology

“Clever crushing means clever concrete.”

Our Partners

A.Jansen

Recycling and concrete products

Ballast Nedam

Concentrates within housing, mobility, energy and nature

De Groene Zaak

Entrepreneurs for a sustainable economy

EUNITE

Research and Economic Structure

Momentum Capital

Sustainable Real Estate

MVO Nederland

Encourages and supports businesses, governments and civil society organizations in fulfilling their social role

Off-Grid Factory

Realizing autonomous power projects

Pool Worldwide

Full-service advertising agency

Port of Amsterdam

Location Amsterdam harbor pilot project

Qumey Metaal

(S)tainless steel and aluminum

S(p)eedkits

Optimaztion of Emergency Response Units

Stichting Haïti Contact

Dutch Diaspora Haitians

SVN

Connects, supports and inspires business leaders and social entrepreneurs in building a just and sustainable world

Xcoop

Architecture, research and advocacy

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