Low cost building methods: Compressed Earth Block Technology

To achieve low cost eco-housing we have to be creative in the methods, as well as materials, that we use to build houses. Compressed Earth Block construction has been around for many years and has been particularly used for low cost construction in the majority world (like Africa and Latin America). However it is just as … Continue reading Low cost building methods: Compressed Earth Block Technology

Casa Tierra, San Francisco del Monte de Oro, San Luis, Argentina

[Versión en español abajo] Miranda France in her book Bad Times in Buenos Aires said that to live in Argentina was ‘to live at the end of the world’ (1998, p.57). Yet traveling through the vast landscape of San Luis province on my way to Casa Tierra in San Francisco del Monte de Oro, I … Continue reading Casa Tierra, San Francisco del Monte de Oro, San Luis, Argentina

Amy’s Earth House, Pai, Mae Hong Son, Thailand

West of Pai in the village of Ban Mae Khong is Amy's Earth house, the first adobe building in Pai. Built in 2004 she has since expanded to seven earth bungalows and a dorm building, and runs it as a guesthouse for the increasing numbers of tourists (mostly Thai rather than foreigner) heading north into … Continue reading Amy’s Earth House, Pai, Mae Hong Son, Thailand

Panya Project, Mae Taeng, Thailand

Past the rice fields and towards the forested hills lies Panya Project near Mae Taeng, Chiang Mai, northern Thailand. Established in 2004 it has become a site for experimentation and education in permaculture and natural building. In its 10 acres there is a large communal building (the Sala), nine residential dwellings, a new large dormitory, … Continue reading Panya Project, Mae Taeng, Thailand

Heat, humidity, bugs and eco-building in Thailand

It wasn't until one landed on me that I realised that some termites can fly. As we huddled around the one fan on the Sala (communal building) at Panya Project  (Moo Bahn Mae Jo, near Tae Taeng, Chiang Mai) we watched the huge array of insects and bugs come and join us - a small … Continue reading Heat, humidity, bugs and eco-building in Thailand