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The Art of Natural Building: Design, Construction, Resources


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The popularity of natural building has grown by leaps and bounds, spurred by a grassroots desire for housing that is healthy, affordable, and environmentally responsible. While there are many books available on specific methods such as straw-bale construction, cob, or timber framing, there are few resources which introduce the reader to the entire scope of this burgeoning field.

Fully revised and updated, The Art of Natural Building is the complete and user-friendly introduction to natural building for everyone from the do-it-yourselfer to architects and designers. This collection of articles from over fifty leaders in the field is now stunningly illustrated with over two-hundred full-color photographs of natural buildings from around the world. Learn about:

  • The case for building with natural materials, from the perspectives of sustainability, lifestyle, and health
  • What you need to know to plan and design your own beautiful and efficient natural home
  • Explanations of thirty versatile materials and techniques, with resources on where to go for further information on each
  • How these techniques are being used to address housing crises around the world.

Clearly written, logically organized, and beautifully illustrated, The Art of Natural Building is the encyclopedia of natural building.

Joseph F. Kennedy is a designer, builder, writer, artist, educator, and co-founder of Builders Without Borders.

Michael G. Smith is a respected workshop instructor, consultant, and co-author of the best-selling book The Hand-Sculpted House.

Catherine Wanek is a co-founder of Builders Without Borders and author/photographer of The Hybrid House and The New Straw Bale Home.

Book News Annotation:

Editors Kennedy, Smith, and Wanek present general interest readers with the second edition of their collection of writings and illustrations illuminating the wide variety of natural building techniques utilized throughout the world. The editors have organized the sixty-four contributions that make up the main body of the text in four parts devoted to the context for natural building, design and planning, natural building materials and techniques, and building the global village. Distributed by Perseus Distribution. Annotation 2015 Ringgold, Inc., Portland, OR (


The original, complete, user-friendly introduction to natural building, now fully revised and updated

About the Author

Joseph F. Kennedy studied earth building with architect Nader Khalili and helped him found CalEarth in 1991. He promotes earth and other natural building methods as a teacher, designer and builder. He is co-editor of The Art of Natural Building and Building Without Borders. Joseph currently teaches at the New School of Architecture and Design in San Diego, California.

Michael G. Smith helped found The Cob Cottage Company in 1993. He has taught hundreds of hands-on workshops in cob, strawbale, natural floors and plasters, earthen ovens, and many other natural building techniques. He is the author of The Cobber's Companion and co-author of The Hand-Sculpted House. Michael has designed and built nearly fifty small cob and hybrid natural homes. He enjoys sharing his expertise with owner-builders around the world.

Catherine Wanek is a cofounder of Builders Without Borders. A passionate advocate of natural building techniques for over two decades, she is the author and photographer of The Hybrid House and The New Straw Bale Home, and co-editor of The Art of Natural Building. She also produced the videos, The Strawbale Solution, the Building With Straw video series, and Urban Permaculture. Catherine is the owner of the Black Range Lodge, an historic bed-and-breakfast inn located in the mountains of southwest New Mexico, which is becoming known as a center for ecological building and healthy living.

Product Details

Wanek, Catherine
New Society Publishers
Kennedy, Joseph F.
Smith, Michael
Edition Description:
Revised Edition
Publication Date:
16-page color section; BandW illustratio
9 x 8 in

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