Synopses & Reviews
How to build, step by step, an adobe and ceramic architecture that is affordable and self-help. How to build arches, vaults, domes, and utilize the natural energy of wind, sun-and-shade to help save forests and create a sustainable architecture. How to fire and glaze an entire building after it is constructed from clay-earth on site. A NEW UPDATE CHAPTER introducing the Superadobe technology, building with almost any on-site soil using sandbags and barbed wire.
Khalili's classic, authoritative manual describes how to build arches, domes, and vaults with earth, as well as techniques to fire and glaze earth buildings to transform them into ceramic houses. This newly revised edition also provides insight into the latest response by building officials to Superadobe or earthbag technology (structures of sandbags and barbed wire), a patented system that is free for the owner-builder and licensed for commercial use. Look for Book 2 in the Cal-Earth series, Sandbag Houses (Superadobe) and Earth Architecture: How to Build Your Own, coming soon.
Nader Khalili's ideas on ceramic houses and earth architecture have been published by NASA and utilized by the United Nations, and have passed building and safety tests in California. This new edition is now in its fifth printing.
About the Author
Internationally renowned California architect and author Nader Khalili is the innovator of the Ceramic Houses and Superadobe earthen construction technologies. He serves as a consultant to the U.N. and a contributor to NASA, and directs Cal-Earth Institute, in California, and the Sustainable ARP at SCI-Arc. He has been awarded by the CCAIA for "Excellence in Technology", the U.N. and HUD for "Shelter for the Homeless", and the ASCE (Aerospace division) for his work in lunar and Martian base building technology.