As testimony to the flexibility and strength of bamboo, these sea urchin shaped pods are the library and reception in the Bambu Indah Resort, Bali. Bamboo is a grass that grows incredibly quickly. Follow this picture to www.naturalhomes.org for timelapse video of bamboo growing.
Earthen Floors, a book all about installing and living with earth-based floor systems, is due out April 1, 2014. The first of its kind dedicated solely to the art of making inexpensive, durable, and beautiful floors made mostly of sand, clay, and fiber. There are a host of books that touch upon the topic of floors, but few that delve very deeply into the nitty gritty details. This will be a welcome addition to the natural building library.
Kristen fell in love with cob after visiting a cob building site and immediately started to draw up plans for her home. She wanted a house that was able to breath, with soft shapes and built from 100% natural materials. More including video at www.naturalhomes.org/dyssekilde-ecovillage.htm
Bogdan Pękalski is an experienced self-builder. For years he has designed and created lots of gardens and home interiors for people who appreciated his style. About six years ago he bought a piece of land in Krzywcza, Poland and decided to build his dream house on a hill. More pictures at www.naturalhomes.org/polish-hobbit-house.htm
Massey Burke ’00 uses clay soil, straw, and sand to create small projects with large impact. “Most Americans have never lived in anything truly hand-built,” Burke says. “We are so accustomed to stick-frame structures it has come to seem normal. We don’t realize that most of the world does not live this way, that in most other countries people build with whatever is at hand.”