Date: October 15, 2017
“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/“
Date: September 30, 2017
“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
For more information or to participate yourself at one of the upcoming courses visit http://terralta.org/
Vision of Terra Alta:
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!”
Date: September 26, 2017
“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.
For more info and technical specifications check Concrete Canvas homepage: http://www.concretecanvas.com/“
Date: July 31, 2017
“We were looking forward to checking out Lehman’s in Ohia. This is like a homesteaders paradise. Lehman’s Hardware Store of Ohio sales everything you’d need to live off grid.
Check out Leman’s: https://www.lehmans.com/“