Freedom to experiment in eco-building

During my travels meeting eco-builders in northern New Mexico and southern Colorado the conversation often quickly turns to the difference between Europe and the USA. People are keen to know whether life is better across the Atlantic. Many lament that Europe is so much further forward in terms of environmental legislation and regulations, expressing a … Continue reading Freedom to experiment in eco-building

Los Angeles Eco-Village, California, USA

Centrally located between downtown LA and Hollywood, just behind one of the main road arteries of the city is Los Angeles Eco-Village. An oasis of calm and greenery the two blocks of 1920’s apartment buildings have been bought and converted by the group. Established in 1996 it is a long running and permanent fixture which … Continue reading Los Angeles Eco-Village, California, USA

Aldea Velatropa, Cuidad Universitaria, Buenos Aires, Argentina

Just to the north of Block 3 of the University, in the area known as Cuidad Universitaria (University City) are some concrete foundations surrounded by trees. At first glance it looks deserted but delve a little further into the undergrowth and you soon come across tell-tale signs of colourful political art work, a half-constructed some, … Continue reading Aldea Velatropa, Cuidad Universitaria, Buenos Aires, Argentina

Straw bale house, Yacanto, Córdoba, Argentina

With glorious views of the Sierra de Comechingones, the straw bale house at Yacanto is possibly the largest straw bale house in South America. At 257 metres square (excluding the terrace) and two floors, it is a large house. It was built by Tim Cullen and completed in 2005, with a second small house finished … Continue reading Straw bale house, Yacanto, Córdoba, Argentina

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