Thursday, July 14, 2005

Building Ordinary

I'm researching types of structures a village like Ordinary might have. Because sustainability is a hallmark of living in harmony with the earth, it is important the housing and community buildings be made of local materials.

Energy efficiency in construction is equally important. Homes and workplaces must be functional while providing a unique and delightful sense of place to their inhabitants.

The beautiful curved shapes of earthen structures such as cob, rammed earth, and adobe, all of which have been used for centuries, some for millenia, lend themselves very well to these guidelines. Straw bale buildings and conic shells offer good alternatives for architectural variety. Another innovative use of earth can be found in the Cal-Earth projects. There are so many more!

I invite the wisdom of others who have worked with sustainable building materials.

Stay tuned.

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