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The Cob House Collection at Natural Homes

The Cob House Collection at Natural Homes

Natural building materials: straw, sticks, clay or a mix You may find cob cottages particularly cute, but taste isn't reason enough to choose one natural building material over another. Like more manufactured products, different earth materials all have different uses: straw bale is a great insulator, cob is a nice thermal sink as well as one of the easiest materials to sculpt if you're looking for lots of curves in your structure. "There's a dozen ways you can build a wall using pretty much the same materials: clay soils, straw, sand, sticks", explains natural building expert Michael G. Smith, "and each of those has its own particular sets of attributes as far as wall thickness, thermal properties, sculptural properties, speed, materials that they require, etcetera, etcetera so you might make different decisions based on your site, based on who you are, what you need as to which materials to use, but even within the same building different parts of the building need to do different tasks."

A beautiful cob home in England Which means, "Where are you going? It's getting dark, so come in and take a drink". If you're interested in English accents you can listen to the Somerset accent on the BBC The home is the work of Lisa and Rich who built the house with clay from the stream that runs just out of view in this picture. If you want to build with cob then you must test the quality of your clay. Make compact balls of the mixes about 6cm diameter.

untitled Learn Where Wind Comes From | Activity If your child is curious about how weather works, this experiment is a great place to start. This easy-to-create demonstration shows exactly how upward movement of warm air creates wind. What You Need: Paper Pencil Thumbtack Scissors Thread Clothing hanger A heat source (sun-heated pan, lit table lamp, dryer, etc.) What You Do: Have your child draw a spiral shape on a piece of paper and cut it out. Cob St-Ambroise | Constructions Écologiques musgum earth architecture feb 18, 2010 musgum earth architecture designboom has dedicated a large amount of time to learn more about clay - one of the earliest natural building materials in history of men. our intent is to promote earth also as a building material of the future. it represents an excellent alternative to cement whose manufacture releases considerable quantities of CO2. individual housing units and small apartment buildings can easily be built from earth in every part of the world. however, concrete remains an essential material for high-rise construction. the research effort should be therefore two-pronged: tailoring earth to the needs of modern construction and making concrete ‘greener’. in this first article of a series, which we will publish in the upcoming weeks, we’ll examine a few ancient building techniques. musgum clay houses in cameroon what strikes at first sight is their almost organic simplicity, a second reading reveals the functions behind the forms. detail drawing of a musgum dwelling

untitled The Internet and Human Evolution towards a Noosphere | A few day's ago I posted an update about being in chinatown. It wasn't what I would consider an engaging post. It was created entirely on my cell phone, posted to the internet from my cell phone and, more than anything, it was a slice of my real time experience in that moment. That aspect of the post is, to me, extraordinarily interesting. Revolutionary is a word that's used much to often when talking about technology so I'm not going to use it here. I do believe, though, that the ability to access other people's real time experiences, as mundane as they might be individually, is evolutionary. We are living in an era where, for the first time ever, human beings have access to the knowledge from all the cultures of the world. My point is that homo sapien's continued development of connective technologies has created, in a very short time, the structures for a new evolutionary stage.

How to make a backyard mud oven. Cheap, fun, and makes a professional qualtity pizza! Making a backyard mud or clay oven is a great family project, and once completed, you will be able to make fantastic hearth breads, and professional quality pizza. A mud oven is a wood burning oven, which used the residual heat from the firing to cook with. A basic backyard oven can be made for next to nothing, and will be a very satisfying project for the whole family. There will be lots of mud and squishing and stuff; and kids will definitely enjoy the process. A cob or clay oven is vastly superior to your conventional oven for pizzas and bread. The steps as follows are a pretty basic guide, and if you get inspired, you can visit the links at the bottom the page for more information. Basically all you need is sand, clay, and straw. You are going to make the oven using to different mixtures of "mud". To start, make a fire proof platform for your oven. The mixing of this is both the fun part, and also the hard part. Now for the hearth floor. Presto chango…you've made an oven! Enjoy!

Dig these 6 awesome underground homes Okay. So the $1.7M Cold War era underground home in Las Vegas is ghastly and depressing. But you will be amazed at how striking a buried abode can be if designed skillfully. Behold, six subterranean homes that you don’t need to be a paranoid hermit to appreciate. Berber homes, Tunisia Pictured above is Hotel Sidi Driss, a traditional sunken Berber building in the village of Matmata, Tunisia. Tunnel villa, Switzerland Designed by SeARCH and Christian Muller Architects, this tunnel-shaped home was built 72 feet (22 meters) into a slope on Switzerland’s Valsertal Valley. Cave house, Missouri This two-storey, three-bedroom home in Festus, Missouri was built inside of a 15,000-square foot sandstone cave. Malator, Wales The Malator, or Teletubby House as it’s known locally, blends into the hills that overlook St. Earth House Estate, Switzerland Earth House Estate Lättenstrasse in Dietikon, Switzerland is as close to a real-life Shire as you’ll find. Aloni, Greece