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Archive for November, 2007

Earthbag Building in Haiti

Monday, November 26th, 2007:

I spent several hours working on this project page: I think it really is one of the best yet, because it shows the entire project from foundation to finish work on a simple home that would appeal to most people around the world; it was created by poor Haitians who had no prior experience; […]  Read more from > Earthbag Building in Haiti

Slide Show of Earthbag Buildings

Friday, November 2nd, 2007:

I am very pleased to announce that there is now an extensive slide show of earthbag building projects up at I spent several days selecting the best photos that I could find and formatting them to fluidly present a marvelous array of architectural styles and approaches to building with earthbags. There are already over […]  Read more from > Slide Show of Earthbag Buildings

Earthbag Dome Building

Thursday, November 1st, 2007:

Kelly Hart of has recently completed a web page with step-by-step instructions on earthbag dome building.   Complete with clear illustrations and detailed text, the instructions Kelly provides includes almost everything you need to know to build your own earthbag dome. Additional information is available at and A key advantage of Kelly […]  Read more from > Earthbag Dome Building

Emergency Shelter for Pakistan

Thursday, November 1st, 2007:

[Note: This design was originally published shortly after the Pakistani earthquake in October, 2005. Even though the information is a little dated now, it gives you a sense of the urgency Kelly and I felt at the time.] The death toll mounts as winter closes in on the survivors of the recent earthquake in Pakistan. […]  Read more from > Emergency Shelter for Pakistan

Dirt Cheap Shelter

Thursday, November 1st, 2007:

Ever wonder how to build a simple home for very little money, without going into debt? Free articles on the Geiger Research Institute Publications page and articles here at explain how to use low-cost, locally available natural materials such earth, small diameter wood and straw to keep expenses to a minimum. The real fun […]  Read more from > Dirt Cheap Shelter

Earthbag Foundations

Thursday, November 1st, 2007:

Earthbag foundations offer many advantages over reinforced concrete foundations and work well with many types of sustainable buildings. In particular, they are low-cost, fast and easy to build, require no cement (a major expense and cause of global warming), and require no forms or expensive equipment. Earthbags are simply polypropylene sandbags (rice or feed bags, […]  Read more from > Earthbag Foundations