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9781890132811

Building With Earth A Guide to Flexible - From Earthbag Construction

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  • ISBN-13: 9781890132811
  • ISBN: 1890132810
  • Publisher: Chelsea Green Publishing

AUTHOR

Wojciechowska, Paulina, Steen, Bill, Steen, Athena Swentzell

SUMMARY

While developers around the globe are looking toward the industrialized United States in hopes of promoting American-style tract houses, shopping malls, and skyscrapers, our country's pioneering natural builders are looking in the other direction -- hearkening back to ancient traditions to create beautiful, affordable, and resilient dwellings of earth.Building with Earth is the first comprehensive guide to describe the re-emergence of earthen architecture in North America, where adventurous builders are combining timeless forms such as arches, vaults, and domes with modern materials and techniques. Using cheap recycled or salvaged polypropylene tubing or textile grain sacks, even relatively inexperienced builders can construct an essentially tree-free building, from foundation to curved roof.With ordinary barbed wire between courses for tensile strength, and with beautifully textured earth- and lime-based finish plasters for weather protection, "earthbag" buildings are being used for retreats, studios, and full-time homes in a wide variety of climates and conditions. This book will tell and show readers how to plan and build their own earthen "Superadobe" building.As do other Chelsea Green books on natural building, this takes you back to the future: In rediscovering the origins of traditional architecture, readers are introduced to cutting-edge earth-based techniques now being researched for their potential in building durable dwellings for residence on the moon!Wojciechowska, Paulina is the author of 'Building With Earth A Guide to Flexible - From Earthbag Construction' with ISBN 9781890132811 and ISBN 1890132810.

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