This article and documentary film are about building an underground complex that is far from being a natural building project. But I am posting this because I think that there are worthwhile things that can be learned.
Sheltered: Underground and Off the Grid is a full-length documentary that chronicles the building of the largest underground and off-the-grid farm on the planet. Adam Bearup turned the job down four times and on the fifth request from the homeowner he decided to build it. The owner told him that if he took the project, it would change his life and It did.
The same day that he chose to be the project leader on this project in Michigan, he got the idea to film it. He bought some video equipment; his plan was to film every single day of the project without realizing that it would take just under three years.
After the project started, he set up the camera every day, sometimes to film exact sequences and other times to just let the camera run for a few hours to capture what they were doing. This project started in 2009, which was still a bit before many other people were uploading videos online for viewing. He chose Vimeo as the host site for his weekly to bi-weekly videos and had great viewership from all over the world. Those videos are still available on Vimeo.
Then he started to think about making a documentary. Viewers of the online videos would tell him that he was way ahead of the curve in building and that they had never seen anything like what they were building. I would read the comments each week to the crew and it seemed to be a motivator for them as I lead them through the most extreme weather conditions.
Then he had the idea to offer this documentary through Mother Earth News simply to let people watch this feat that many have called amazing. He dedicates this documentary to anyone who wonders what is over the next hill, those people, like him, who thrive on a challenge.
You can watch the full length film at www.youtube.com
You can read the original article at www.motherearthnews.com