E-zine #1 April 5, 2002
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construction. A professor familiar with this field made the
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
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.
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
halfway down the page.
Some of the topics include:
Solar Home Design and Natural House Building, in
Natural Building and Ecological Study Tour, in
Permaculture Design, in Garberville and Petaluma,
CA and Shoreline, WA
Women's Carpentry and Earthen Plasters, in
Artisan Bread Oven Making, in Pt. Reyes,
Cob Basics, Natural Building and Earth Ovens, in
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