|I just had to share a video with you that recently came across my desk. It is a quick look at one of the simplest and inexpensive ways to produce a solid shelter out of ‘good-ole-dirt’. We are not likely to see the likes of these homes in our American suburbs anytime soon, but just to know it is possible to build something this simple bolstered my confidence in being able to care for ourselves, our families and our communities should push ever come to shove.
Architect Nader Khalili (also writer and humanitarian) founded the California Institute of Earth Art and Architecture (Cal-Earth) in 1991 where he taught his Super Adobe building techniques. He became a prominent American leader on the value of ethically based architecture, where the needs of the homeless all over the world are considered paramount. This gentile genius of a man passed away this year in March.
|Had to Share This With You
Building Homes for 1/4th the Price
of Traditional Housing
Old bottle caps, used wine corks, spiky glass shards, odd planks of wood and chunks of bone — things other people might consider worthless — become valuable building materials in the hands of Dan Phillips. During the last 12 years, the maverick homebuilder in Huntsville, TX has either built or supervised the building of a dozen houses made of materials that would otherwise have been thrown away.
To lower living costs, he believes in building sustainable houses with up to 90% recycled materials, tankless water heaters, rain water cisterns and plenty of insulation.
I don’t think Dan even mentions the word permaculture in this video or article, but in my book, it is urban permaculture all the way.