E-zine #1 April 5, 2002
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Site News
The "Ask the Experts" page is now up and accessible to the public! You can view it by going to . This page offers you the opportunity to ask questions of a very distinguished panel of experts, ranging over virtually every topic presented at  There are currently some two dozen panelists who are poised to answer your questions. The arrangement that I have made with them is that they will answer ONE question from any person for free. Many of them are also available for more in-depth consultation on a fee basis, if you request this; does not get involved in the financial arrangements of consultations.
There are a few categories for experts that have yet to be filled; you will notice some holes in the list when you go to the Experts page. If you know of someone who would a good candidate for one of these posts, please let me know (
While was only launched about two months ago, it is already averaging about 200 visitors each day, and that number has been rising. This is gratifying, considering how much work it has been to create the site in the first place. has described as one of six superlative sources of information about natural home construction. A professor familiar with this field made the choice. 
General News
The President of the West African nation of Senegal, Abdoulaye Wade, wants to build a model city of some 20,000 earthbag houses. He is impressed by the fact that these beehive-shaped domes can be built without the use of lumber. Wade said he heard of Nadir Khalili's work when Senegal was looking for ways to help thousands of people made homeless by severe flooding in the northern provinces earlier this year. Khalili has been instrumental in developing the use of earthbags, either individual sacks or long tubes of material mainly filled with adobe soil, for building houses. Wade said, "One of the attractions of the Khalili system was that it is so simple, people can build their own homes and the building materials are close at hand. In terms of architecture, I think this type of building will be well adapted to our climate and this type of construction is adaptable to our traditional construction, the African hut." 
PAUL GRAHAM MCHENRY JR.,  architect, author, teacher, lecturer, mentor, adobero passed away on  January 22, 2002. McHenry came to New Mexico from Chicago in 1941 to attend UNM. In the 1950's He started his own commercial construction company, and in the 1960's, he changed the focus of his company to residential construction, and started building adobe homes. He taught a class on adobe building at UNM from 1966-1973. His class notes provided him with the material to write ADOBE - Build it Yourself. During the seventies, he traveled extensively in Iran, in search of different types of earth building. In 1974, he completed his master's degree in architecture from UNM. In 1981 he wrote Adobe and Rammed Earth, Building and Design, a technical manual for architects and engineers. During the eighties he traveled and lectured in China, France, Bolivia, Peru, Turkey, and Italy. During the nineties he participated in many organizations and authored one final book, The Adobe Story - A Global Treasure. His legacy continues with The Earth Building Foundation, ( intended to collect and disseminate information and to further the education of both homeowners and architects wishing to learn adobe and earth building basics. His greatest enjoyment was sharing what he had learned from all of the individuals over the years.

Earthship Evolution
I am quite impressed with the way that Mike Reynold's earthship concept has been evolving over the last decade. Mike has pushed the envelope of sustainable living in many ways, trying to incorporate passive solar heating, greenhouse gardening, rainwater collection, greywater reuse, compost toilets and recycled materials into his basic designs. What impresses me most is that his designs are not static, but have been changing as he has learned what works and what doesn't. For instance, the first earthships all employed a huge bank of slanted glass facing south, which produced so much heat and glare that they were often uncomfortable; Mike then changed to more moderate use of vertical glass in most of his designs. Some of the more recent concepts coming out of Earthship/Biotechture are elegant, fairly radical departures from the original designs, employing round towers, domes, etc. Plans for his "Castle Earthship" can be seen by going to about halfway down the page.
There are quite a few interesting workshops being presented that have been posted on the page. These listing are continually being updated, so you might check them periodically.
Some of the topics include:
Solar Home Design and Natural House Building, in Carbondale, CO
Natural Building and Ecological Study Tour, in Mexico
Permaculture Design, in Garberville and Petaluma, CA and Shoreline, WA
Women's Carpentry and Earthen Plasters, in Asheville, NC
Artisan Bread Oven Making, in Pt. Reyes, CA
Cob Basics, Natural Building and Earth Ovens, in Greensboro, VT
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