Principles of Ecological Design

earth_lodge_84...we do things not because they make social or economic sense, but simply because our society has been led to believe in them. The culture the gut level idea of the right way to live is a force which shapes desires and constrains the mainstream of society. In the West it determines, for example, what is thought to be economically viable at least as much as economics does.

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Eco-Friendly builders of the Pacific Coast

buildersofpacificcoastIn 2004, Lloyd Kahn discovered a group of unique carpenters along the Pacific Coast of North America. Over a two-year period, he made four trips north from his home in the San Francisco Bay Area, up the coast, shooting the photos that appear in this book.

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The Hand-Sculpted House

handsculptedhouseA Cob Cottage might be the ultimate expression of ecological design, a structure so attuned to its surroundings that the authors refer to it as "an ecstatic house". They build a house the way others create a natural garden, using the oldest, most available materials earth, clay, sand, straw, and water and blending them to redefine the future (and past) of building.

Cob (the word comes from an Old English root, meaning "lump") is a mixture of non-toxic, recyclable, and often free materials. Building with cob requires no forms, no cement, and no machinery of any kind. Builders sculpt their structures by hand.

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Dirt! The Movie - a MUST see

dirt_poster"Dirt! The Movie" is a powerful new film about the relationship between humans and soil, reminding us that we are made of the very same elements as the soil beneath our feet, which is ALIVE! - a living organism made up of living organisms - just as much as everything above ground.

At one point in the film someone points out the problem that most people are not attuned to the language of dirt. We can't hear it screaming out for help. It's just "dirt," we wash it off our cars, we don't want our children playing in it, we cover it over with concrete. We have lost contact with soil as the source of all living things, ourselves included and all that sustains us.

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Some Incredible Facts about Earthbag Building

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Every day we hear good news about earthbag building and other types of sustainable building – new projects, new companies getting involved, and on and on. If you’re new to this site (both this site and my Earthbag House Plans site are experiencing record traffic), please browse through the information we’ve compiled. I think you’ll be surprised.

The uninformed tend to dismiss earthbag as just bags piled on top of each other, which simply isn’t true. Even frequent readers of our sites (which include all the most popular sites on earthbag building) are sometimes amazed. Yes, major projects are in the works. Stay tuned.

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