Alternative Building Methods
|Alternative Building Methods:|
|Green Home Building. Info about Earth, Wood, Straw, Bamboo, Stone, Manufactured, Lightweight Concrete, Organic, Domes, Earth Sheltered, etc.|
|Natural Building Network is a not-for-profit membership association promoting natural building principles, materials and practitioners worldwide. Good events list.|
|Earth Bag Building- earthbag (sometimes called sandbag) construction. Lots of pictures, videos, info.|
|Straw. US Dept of Energy "House of Straw - Straw Bale Construction Comes of Age" 22 pages, 2003.|
|StrawBale Building Registry. Voluntarily registered strawbale structures. Some open for viewing.|
|Earthship Design Principles:Thermal/Solar Heating & Cooling, Solar & Wind Electricity, Contained Sewage Treatment, Building with Natural & Recycled Materials, Water Harvesting, Food Production.|
|Malcolm Wells the father of modern earth-sheltered architecture.""I...began to design underground buildings in 1964. Now, 35 years later, in spite of my having lectured at almost every U.S. architectural school, been on network tv, and written 15 or 20 books on the subject, underground architecture is still virtually unknown. So much for my effectiveness." See the resources page for lots of great info ! *** !!!|
|Earth House, a hub for information on Earth Sheltered news and updates.|
|Cob Building uses earth mixed with sand and straw,this ancient technology doesn't contribute to deforestation, pollution or mining nor depend on manufactured materials or power tools. Workshops.|
|Low impact home dug into a hillside in Wales.|
|Wall House: Durable $5000 Home Made from Recycled Paper. "Constructed from an innovative cellulose-based material, the Universal World House is light, cheap, well-insulated, and remarkably strong, making it an incredible asset to developing countries, the homeless, and those displaced by disasters." Inhabitat.|
|Inspiration Green. Plastic Bottle Construction. A must see blog page!|
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Recent Building Blog Posts
Ancient as gardening. Wattling is fun and attractive.
Since Neolithic times we have fenced our sheep and vegetables in this easy to make (albeit time consuming) wooden fence.
The earth-house uses the ground as an insulating blanket that efficiently protects it from temperature extremes, wind, rain and extreme weather events.
Underground homes with a modern bent. A large thermal mass stabilizes inside temperatures, giving you free heat in the winter, free cooling in the summer.
Recent Art Blog Posts
Decommissioned and ready for reuse as art.
A small sampling of painters who have been inspired by seeds...
The intricacy and diversity of the seed.
Yao Lu an emerging Chinese artist digitally reworks photos of garbage into traditional Chinese landscape paintings.
Recent Movies Blog Posts
The many voices of the film share a unified vision: we must start acting as a planetary civilization.
a journey into the soul of humanity and a testimony of the damage inflicted by humans on the natural world...
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By the directors of Food, Inc.