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For a long time now the options for building have been pretty straight forward - brick, concrete, iron and steel girders, timber and plasterboard stud walls. As time has passed we have witnessed some truly incredible and intelligent uses of the same age old materials. The ones that have most impressed me can be found below. 1. Earth bag construction Earth bags are plastic or canvas sacks that are filled with a mixture of dirt and cement before being stacked to form walls. The bags ar...
Architect and educator Larry Speck writes "Increasingly, I’m more interested in what architecture does than just what it is." He's not alone; there are many who are trying to build houses that by their very design, do something to keep themselves comfortable. It is the opposite of a passive house (not in the passivhaus sense) just sitting there waiting for the thermostat to click on. It's designed to be a system of controlling solar gain, retaining heat, channeling wind.