Category: Building

Reconnecting Architects with the Community

Marcin Gerwin: It happens quite often that when a new building is completed many people see it as unpleasant or even hostile, while at the same time the architects claim that it is a great work of art. This difference in opinion is quite striking. Why do you think it happens?

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The Multi Bioregion Earthship

Adaptation – any alteration in the structure or function of an organism or any of its parts that results from natural selection and by which the organism becomes better fitted to survive and multiply in its environment. Who am I if not myself? So, you’ve decided that you would like to live a more sustainable life — filled with natural homes, gardens and fresh water among other things. This transition […]

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Permaculture Around Latin America – Bolivia

The following two videos showcase Permaculture meetings in Bolivia. This first video showcases a pond and garden being made with Super-Adobe, in Samaipata. The instructor, Daniel Ardita, highlights the importance of building with dirt found in the land itself, and gives us a bit of background knowledge on this relatively new building technique, which came about in the 1990s. Next up, we hear from Daniel Arce, once one of Bolivia’s […]

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Composting Toilets in Thailand

Newly completed composting toilet This is an analysis of a humanure composting toilet designed and built at the Panya Project in Mae Taeng, Thailand. Humanure toilets are a very effective, easy, cheap method of creating a resource out of what our conventional society views as waste. A humanure composting toilet allows feces to break down into soil by adding sawdust to the chambers after each ‘use’. After six months of […]

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Earthship Building Course Finishes in South India

Years ago, I was in India, half way through my Visa, wondering what to do and where to go. I was tired of the tourist trail and randomly googled ‘Earthship India’ and found exactly what I was looking for — a project in Tamil Nadu, building an Earthship for a fellow hoping to make a change toward a more sustainable lifestyle, starting with his home. Alex Leeor had chosen a […]

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Introduction to Clay Plasters: Beautiful and Sustainable

Imagine the walls of your home giving you a warm, gentle hug every time you are in a room. That’s the way most homeowners describe the effect of clay plasters as a wall finish. Clay plasters are also among the very greenest finishing materials available, making them an attractive option for remodeling an existing room or for new construction.

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Community Action at Earthship Building Workshops

People are ditching mortgages and finding community through earthship building The past few years have seen a dramatic increase in accessible earthship building and sustainable lifestyle workshops across Australia and Internationally. The basic message for participants is empowerment through action and networking which provides the opportunity for communities and individuals to develop skills and community support for building and other types of projects that rely upon voluntary labour — similar […]

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Earth Bag Building Workshop in Kyoto, Japan (July 2014)

Everything an Indian does is in a circle, and that is because the power of the world always works in circles, and everything tries to be round….. Everything the Power of the World does is done in a circle. The sky is round, and I have heard that the earth is round like a ball, and so are all the stars. The wind, in its greatest power whirls. Birds make […]

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Permaculture Greenhouse Design in the Sub Tropics (Guatemala)

The permaculture Green house This is the tale of the creation of a unique greenhouse built by an English woman and five Mayan men in the Yoga Forest in Lake Atitlan, Guatemala. This strange and wonderful place is focused on learning about sustainable living from your inner self and beyond. I am grateful to have worked there as the permaculture director for the last 10 months. This greenhouse is built […]

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Permaculture Around Latin America – Argentina

Previously on this series, I featured a video on the Permaculture Institute of El Salvador. Today, we move to the south of this beautiful continent for an exploration of bio-construction in the Argentine Patagonia. Take a look at this meditative video that features images from a bio-construction event that took place in the town of El Bolsón, Patagonia, in 2011.

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Open Source Beehives

We are all too familiar with the Colony Collapse Disorder afflicting our precious bees. So much needs to be done to educate the mass (and beekeepers) about what bees truly need. The Open Source Beehives project is another powerful initiative marrying traditional designs with high tech equipment to promote healthier beekeeping practices. They have designed two downloadable beehives that can easily be printed and carved on wood sheets. They are […]

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Solar Water Bottle Bulbs

Alfredo Moser with his solar water bottle bulbs Introduction Thomas Alva Edison lit up the world with his electric bulb in the nineteenth century. In this century it is the solar bottle bulbs of Alfredo Moser which are illuminating thousands of houses of under-privileged people in many countries. This simple invention of the Brazilian mechanic is going viral and is been implemented in remote villages throughout the world. This article […]

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