Superadobe Disaster Proof Earth-Home. (By: Susana Angel)

Cal-Earth, The California Institute of Earth Art and Architecture, is a charitable foundation known for Earth and Ceramic Architecture technologies. Directed by architect Nader Khalili and associates, they are dedicated to research and education of the public in environmentally oriented arts and architecture, and to providing humanitarian services to needed communities. Their philosophy is based on the equilibrium of the natural elements of earth, water, air, fire, and their Unity at the service of the arts and humanity.

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They developed a sustainable solution for human shelter, based on timeless materials; earth, water, air and fire and timeless principles; arches, vaults and domes. The Eco-Dome is a small home design of approximately 400 square feet that works as an emergency shelter, and it can be the first step in the design of communities to use an Eco-Village of vaults and domes. The building material is “Superadobe” which consists of sandbags and barbed wire. It is a simple adobe, an instant and flexible line generator. It uses the materials of war for peaceful ends, integrating traditional earth architecture with contemporary global safety requirements. Long or short sandbags are filled with on-site earth and arranged in layers or long coils with strands of barbed wire placed between them to act as both mortar and reinforcement. Stabilizers such as cement, lime, or asphalt emulsion may be added. This technology is offered free to the needy of the world, and licensed for commercial use.

Screen Shot 2014-10-08 at 1.57.02 PMScreen Shot 2014-10-08 at 1.56.49 PMScreen Shot 2014-10-08 at 1.56.14 PM The Eco-Dome is tree free, has a maximum use of space through alternative option, can be repeated and joined together to form larger homes and courtyard houses, can be built by a team of 3-5 persons, is designed with the sun, shade and wind for passive cooling and heating and the interior furniture can be built-in with the same material.This low-cost, self-help, eco-friendly technology which can resist disasters, is now offered to humanity.

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One Response to “Superadobe Disaster Proof Earth-Home. (By: Susana Angel)”
  1. momahony2014 says:

    Susana,
    Oh this is interesting. I like that it expands on traditional adobe but pushes the medium further. Beautiful structures. I have stayed in some and there is a beautiful quality in the walls being the same colour and material as the ground that you have been walking on.
    Marie

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