The Art of Natural Building: Design, Construction, Resources
Joseph F. Kennedy, Catherine Wanek, Michael G. Smith
New Society Publishers, 2002 - Architecture - 291 pages
The search for housing that is healthy, affordable, and environmentally responsible is leading a growing number of people to take a fresh look at building techniques long shunned by the modern construction industry.
Recently, books on specific techniques such as straw-bale construction, cob or rammed earth have become available, but there has been little to introduce the reader to the entire field. The Art of Natural Building fills that void wholly by being a complete and user-friendly introduction to natural building for non-professionals as well as architects and designers. From straw bale and cob to recycled concrete and salvaged materials, this anthology of articles from leaders in the field focuses on both the practical and the esthetic concerns of ecological building designs and techniques. Above all, this empowering guide demonstrates that anyone can design and build a home from natural materials that is beautiful, low-cost, and environmentally-sensible.
Profusely illustrated, The Art of Natural Building is divided into five sections. The first provides an overview of the natural building movement from the various perspectives of sustainability, lifestyle, and health. The second section looks at planning and design, followed by a section that focuses on specific techniques and the vast variety of materials used in natural building. Next, examples of diverse natural dwellings are shared-from a Hybrid Hobbit House to a thatched studio and a cob office. Finally, complementary systems, such as solar appliances, composting toilets, and alternative power systems are covered. Packed with additional resources and a bibliography, this is the encyclopedia of natural building!
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Review: The Art of Natural Building: Design, Construction, ResourcesUser Review - Stacey Delgado - Goodreads
Great introduction to natural building through short informative articles. I definately recommend! Read full review
Review: The Art of Natural Building: Design, Construction, ResourcesUser Review - Jessie - Goodreads
The point of view is rather hippy and tree hugger-ish, but it has a lot of good information and ideas. Read full review
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