Help Build a Unique Design in Brazil and Learn

I was just notified by Alosha of the Bio-Veda Institute of Arcology about this workshop in Brazil: We are inviting you to Brazil for a natural building workshop, starting on November 5th  2021. We will be building a Wautillarium, which … Continue reading →

Advantages of Green Roofs in Urban Environments

When built, designed and maintained properly, green roofs have many more advantages than disadvantages. The vegetation reflects most of the direct sunlight rather than absorbing it, and the moisture prevents heat gain from the structure, providing energy savings for cooling. … Continue reading →

A Naturally Made Hotel in Baja California Sur

The recently opened El Perdido Hotel in El Pescadero, Mexico, utilizes traditional construction materials of the region. Time-honored materials like rammed earth, thatched roofs, and Palo de Arco wood were used throughout, using only locally sourced materials and working with … Continue reading →

Models for Providing Affordable, Ecological Housing

New approaches to home-building are emerging in response to the multiple crises of climate change, unaffordable housing, deprivation and exclusion. Models for housing vary enormously, from self-build, to socially provided housing and speculative, private markets. But the failure of rent-based … Continue reading →

The Value of Cob Building

Three small cob homes (about 100 square feet each) cost around $500 each, not including labor. Quail Springs Permaculture, an educational non-profit in Southern California, built the houses over the span of a few months. According to their natural building … Continue reading →