Earthships are passive solar home made of natural and recycled materials 2. thermal mass construction for temperature stabilization. 3. renewable energy & integrated water systems make the Earthship an off-grid home with little to no utility bills. Earthship Houses
A passive solar designed building with southernly oriented windows, and overhangs as well as deciduous grape arbor foliage to stop exposure to the windows in the summer months. http://www.solarliving.org/
How green can you go when you’re living in the desert? Check out the geodesic dome! There are many more applications of geodesic domes than just desert living.
this film shows how a pile of earth, dug out from the building site, is turned into a small house called Eco- Dome (moon cocoon model), using the Superadobe technology. It documents how professionals and students from many countries training at Cal-Earth Institute built this structure.
A “how-to” natural building lesson, an in-depth video about earthen plastering techniques and application. Tamar guides us through every step of the way, showing how easy it is to make natural plaster from just a few simple ingredients, and both making and mixing the plaster, and then applying it to a natural home wall.
Art and Architecture for a Changing Planet 1969-2009′ (open until 18th October 2009). http://barbican.org.uk/radicalnature. Exhibition curator Francesco Manacorda looks at architecture in relation to nature and how architects have approached the subject in the exhibition. Architect Michael Pawlyn also expands on the subject, talking about a form of architecture called biomimicry, whereby buildings are built in accordance to its natural surroundings.