|Today's natural builders look to ancient structures like these for inspiration. Every indigenous culture developed a vernacular building tradition using available materials in response to the local climate.|
|At the UN-sponsored
Habitat II conference in Istanbul in 1996, a builder from Harran, Turkey
demonstrates the traditional method of mortaring adobes into a corbelled
dome. Some of the adobe bricks he is using are 2000 years old.
| The St. Francis
Church in Ranchos de Taos, New Mexico, was built of adobe bricks in 1815.
The massive earthen walls and structural buttresses create a dramatic
exterior, and a cool, comfortable interior in this desert climate.
village of Santorini was built of local stone, plastered and whitewashed
with lime. White walls and roofs help deflect the heat of the Mediterranean
| This Troglodyte
or "cave dweller" home is carved into the soft lime-stone strata of the
Loire Valley, France.
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