Category Archives: Nature and Technology

Eco friendly technology and techniques

7 Things You Might Not Know About Tiny House Community Life…


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Date: February 09, 2018

01) 7 Things You Might Not Know About Tiny House Community Life

“A few years ago, almost no one had even heard of a tiny house. But now? Across the nation, more than a dozen cities are become officially tiny-home friendly and 50-plus communities of tiny homes have cropped up—everything from intimate backyard co-ops and tiny house/RV parks to upcoming full-on urban developments.

My main squeeze, Christian and I have had the pleasure of becoming temporary residents of more than a dozen of tiny home communites, of all kinds. If there’s one thing we have learned, downsizing into a tiny structure is just the beginning. Living tiny, especially in a community setting, is a total rethink of daily life and what it means to be a neighbor.

Everyone gets fed
Chemistry is everything
Life happens outdoors
A tiny house is a sanctuary, not an attraction
There’s always room for pets
Your neighbors have your back
Neighbors become family”

Nice article.

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Why Aquaponics is an Amazingly Sustainable Way to Put Food on Your Table…


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Date: January 27, 2018

01) Why Aquaponics is an Amazingly Sustainable Way to Put Food on Your Table

“With the growing interest in organic food, many people have turned away from the exorbitant prices in their local grocery store and started planting their own gardens. Unfortunately, they figure out really quickly that gardening requires a lot more than digging a hole in the ground and throwing a few seeds in after. Aside from having to use fertilizers, there are a whole host of pests, weeds, and diseases just waiting to feast on your nascent veggies.

But what if there was a way to grow all of those delicious vegetables without having to worry about the meticulous upkeep that still may not prevent your garden from being ruined? Even better, what if this method of farming also provided you with fresh fish and cut the costs of gardening by up to 90 percent? In this article, we are going to show you 7 reasons we think aquaponics is an amazing, sustainable way to put food on your table.”

I do wish they had more description of the ecosystem, itself…But, it’s an interesting article.

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Natural Building and a New Sense of the Earth…


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Date: October 15, 2017

01) Natural Building and a New Sense of the Earth


“Have you ever dreamed of another kind of life? Not the job that you don’t want to go off to in the morning, or the house you have to keep on paying for year after year, but a life closer to the earth, a little place in the country that you build yourself, a garden and some solar panels for electricity, time to be with those you love and to do the things you most want to do. An impossible dream? Maybe not. Right now people all over are working to create an alternative to a consumer society that gives us less and less satisfaction and is more and more destructive to the earth and to us, as well. Explore the world of natural building and meet some of its pioneers who are creating beautiful and inexpensive houses out of earth and straw, houses that you can make, too. This is a way of building that can transform how you see the earth and yourself. Visit: Linda Smiley and Ianto Evans who pioneered the use of building with earth, straw and sand called cob in the U.S. and who now run the North American School of Natural Building in Coquille, Oregon where they and their students have used natural building methods to create a little village. Coenraad and Courtney Rogmans who took a piece of undeveloped land, built straw bale and cob buildings complete with solar electricity and a water catchment system, and who teach natural building workshops. Taylor Starr at White Oak Farm, an organic farm and educational center, which is putting the final touches on a striking timber-framed straw bale and cob community center. Brendan Flanagan, with his family and friends, turned a remote wooded hillside into a snug community of homes and gardens. Rob Bolman, an advocate of incorporating natural building techniques into mainstream building practices, who created an ecovillage in the middle of Eugene, Oregon, and who speaks passionately about the link between natural building and social justice. Meka Bunch who after only a week-long workshop, built his own elegant cob cottage and who works sharing natural building with people abroad. And Kiko Denzer, a sculptor and cob builder, and his wife Hannah, an organic gardener and baker, who transformed a dilapidated outbuilding in the country into a cozy cob home surrounded by beautiful gardens. For more on this subject go to http://innerexplorations.com/

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Natural building at Terra Alta 2016…


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Date: September 30, 2017

01) Natural building at Terra Alta 2016


“This short film wants to be an inspiration to everybody on this planet to build with local and natural materials, to empower themselfs and share the beauty and joy with everybody around them!

*WATCH TILL THE END* 🙂

Through this video I share with you some impressions of the 3 weeks intensive natural building workshop 2016 at Terra Alta – Off the Grid Educational Center in Portugal.

In 3 weeks we have participated in a roundwood timberframing workshop with the wonderful and skilled facilitators Alan Ueland and Dominique Kruger & an earthen plastering, rocket mass heater building and light clay wall structure course with the two
enthusiastic and lovely teachers Eva Wimmer & Joshua Roxendal.

For more information or to participate yourself at one of the upcoming courses visit http://terralta.org/

Vision of Terra Alta:
To empower those seeking skills of regeneration, to let the flows of life carry symbiotic energies, and bring forth a new culture that reflects the principles and ethics of Permaculture and other philosophies. Harmony and balance is manifested from the practical aspects of Permaculture Design education all the while developing healthy social relations and individual well-being, nourished by good food, music, art, celebration and Love for Life!

Go out there and learn for yourself! For more Natural building projects check out http://www.thepoosh.org/

Video by Ilka Pia Claren // ilkapiaclaren.wordpress.com

Music by Terra Livre + Härvaro – Thank you for your wonderful support!”

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Concrete Tent – I Didn’t Know That…


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Date: September 26, 2017

01) Concrete Tent – I Didn’t Know That


“Watch Richard Ambrose and Jonny Phillips quickly construct a building made of concrete canvas material that has all the elements of concrete, but is flexible enough to be turned into any shape. This technology allows people to erect permanent structures in a fraction of the time needed for traditional building techniques.”


Concrete Canvas Shelters ’09:


Modern Industry & Tech – Concrete Cloth & Concrete Canvas Shelter:

“In this video compilation are presented some of the possibilities for civilian and military use of UK-based company Concrete Canvas main products based on technology which holds company name, concrete in easy to operate canvas like form factor which allows easy transportation, manipulation, and assembly of a concrete with increased durability (for given thickness) allowing work in remote areas and reducing time necessary for some specific construction jobs by a value, that can fully compensate for a higher cost of this alternative material by man hours and logistics which will be otherwise needed to be paid, if old concrete deployment methods were chosen instead.

Especially interesting are Concrete Canvas technology solutions for military and agencies dealing with various natural or man-made disasters, where the need for building infrastructure and housing at shortest possible notice is of the essence in order to allow logistic chain flow and civilians or soldiers in need for insulated shelter to survive until more time-consuming infrastructure is built or evacuation is arranged.

Concrete Canvas Shelter has also some potential to become the poor-mans castle for persons and their families that lost their homes, and/or waiting for their re-/construction after natural disasters like tornados even in developed countries as the shelter can be later used among other things as the cold place for food storage.
Other examples may be possible if shelter becomes adequately reinforced and buried underground with some pillars to take a weight of the earth above to serve as a storm shelter which when properly insulated with a chimney for a ventilation coupled to NBC filter can take role of “all kinds of disasters bunker” for a prepper folks on the budget….

For more info and technical specifications check Concrete Canvas homepage: http://www.concretecanvas.com/

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SuperAdobe: Eco-Dome…


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Date: July 03, 2017

01) Eco-Dome – Nader Khalili Lecture Series


Brief version. Longer version below.

“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. It is intended for use with materials and tools developed for instruction during the apprenticeship retreat at Cal-Earth. Superadobe technology was first presented by the architect to NASA for lunar habitats, and can build single or clustered homes on earth which are resistant to fire, floods, wind storms and earthquakes.”


02) CalEarth

“We believe shelter is a human right and every person can build a home.”

“SuperAdobe is a safe and accessible building method developed at CalEarth.

It combines ancient building techniques with basic architectural principles, and the results are earthquake, fire, and flood resistant structures that can range from a one-person pod to a fully modernized home. Using sandbags, barbed wire and the earth beneath your feet, SuperAdobe is a truly affordable and sustainable way to build homes anywhere on the planet.”


03) Support CalEarth


Eco Dome, Building a Small Home:


Step-By-Step Earthbag Building:


The Eco-Dome (Cal-Earth):


20150919 FF Cal-Earth Inst 164737:


I discovered Cal-Earth Eco-Domes, over ten years ago…and instantly became enamored with the concept.

I wanted to build one of these…and still do.

What sets this apart from so much of what is being peddled today…is that the Eco-Dome is a truly humanitarian effort, to provide durable homes for people who have little money.

Reportedly…at the time I first discovered this effort, you could purchase all the raw materials for one dome, for about two thousand dollars…Of course, the hired and specialized [IE: the structure is covered with concrete, and must be fire cured.] work will drive the price up…I’d probably want electricity and running water in it, also…but if you can have an inhabitable home for under five grand [even ten grand], that is phenomenal.

To clarify…I’m just throwing those guesses out there…I don’t have any current estimates on building one of these, today…But it was designed to be very low cost…as well as quick and easy to build.

As it were…Nader Khalili died, either a bit before I discovered his Eco-Dome…or a short time after…and the official website fell into abandonment and disrepair…So, I shelved this, hoping further developments would come in the future.

Apparently, it does still live on.

I never forgot about this…and the Eco-Dome is the original concept, that inspired me to create the Nature and Technology sub-blog…It represents the best, of what this series is supposed to be about.

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