The CdC Project began in 2006 with an objective to reform and restore a series of buildings and land in the Algarve region of Portugal with minimal impact on the environment. Formerly a builder’s yard in a rural setting, the task of reinstating the landscape and upgrading the buildings was huge, especially with regard to the land transformation which due to the rocky terrain meant that many tons of building debris had to be removed and recycled by hand before landscaping could begin.
During the transformation process we realized that there was an opportunity to share our knowledge and invite people who could learn and contribute to the project. The next step was to create awareness of the project through various helper/volunteer web sites which proved successful with applications arriving from all parts of the globe.
The following few years saw the implementation of several infrastructure projects. With no water supply, the decision was taken to create a rain water harvest system, requiring the construction of an underground water cistern and the design of an automated system for the heating and distribution of water for both the buildings and gardens. The water system continues to be a focal point for refining and development due an ever increasing demand and diminishing supply.
In 2015, the idea to create a cultural centre with the emphasis on sustainability was born. Work then began on creating a multi-purpose venue and café within an existing warehouse.
We are now in the process of forming an official cultural association under which a wide range of activities can be performed, all with the common thread of sustainability. The main focus will be on education with various group activities such as repair workshops, gardening and landscaping courses, culinary activities and social groups to name just a few. These activities will take place in our converted warehouse, terraces and gardens, which can be configured for multiple small groups or larger events hosting up to 200 people.