Category: Building

The Cob Castle (video)

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=KjxSiGwghoU An ambitious cob house project – an interesting watch.

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Land and Freedom – Low-Impact Building in the “Other” Spain

The tsunami of construction that washed over Spain in the decade of the 2000s has drawn back, leaving behind some very odd jetsam. Unused airports, white elephant projects like the City of the Arts and Sciences in Valencia, uninhabited housing developments in the middle of nowhere — and massive debts, public and private. But nearly all that concrete has been poured into a few places: around the main cities, the […]

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Tippy-Tap: An Outdoor Hand-washing Device

‘Mukombe’ Tippy-Tap Every year, 3.5 million children die from diarrhea and acute respiratory infection in developing countries. A simple act of washing hands with soap can prevent these illnesses and save 1.2 million of these children. The solution lies in a simple hands-free device called Tippy-Tap.

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Creating the Alternative: Journey to The California Institute of Earth Art and Architecture

by Mo Lohre and Will Redwine Geoff Lawton, Rumi, poisonous berries, student activists, NASA lunar/Martian construction and breaking a vow…. The next leg of the Creating the Alternative Tour (see more here) is pretty legendary. Part of the reason we started this tour was because one of our team members, Mo Lohre, was speaking on student leadership at the Association for the Advancement of Sustainability in Higher Education (AASHE) National […]

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Keeping Cool Without Air Conditioning, Part I: The Cool Pool

Staying cool without an air conditioner is possible. It is easier in hot, dry areas. A building that gets too cool in winter is a problem, but occupants can add a vest or jacket and be comfortable even with temperatures as low as 10-15°C. A building that overheats in summer is more problematic — even with minimal clothing it is hard to stay comfortable as the temperature rises above 27-30°C. […]

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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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