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The Art of Natural Building


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.
The Greek village of Santorini was built of local stone, plastered and whitewashed with lime. White walls and roofs help deflect the heat of the Mediterranean sun.

This Troglodyte or "cave dweller" home is carved into the soft lime-stone strata of the Loire Valley, France.

Part of enganging in the art of natural building is engagin in the art of having healthy children naturally. Why else build a natural home if your children cannot be healthy when they live in it. For that I recommend the book Healing Our Children.

What you see on this page comes from the interesting and helpful book,
The Art of Natural Building

Art of Natural Building A fresh look at age-old building technologies, The Art of Natural Building offers a thorough overview of materials, techniques and resources from the leaders of the modern-day movement. Profusely illustrated, the book provides the philosophical basis for choosing natural materials, siting and energy-efficient design strategies, and case studies, where traditional techniques are utilized in modern buildings.


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