My book about eco-homes worldwide will be published on 16th January 2016. It is being published by Zed Books (London) and Chicago University Press (USA) as a paperback, so hopefully reasonably affordable. Book blurb: It is widely understood that good, affordable eco-housing needs to be at the heart of any attempt to mitigate or adapt to climate … Continue reading BOOK: Eco-Homes: People, place and politics
Guest blog by Amita Bhakta As we face the challenges of climate change, the importance of having housing which is low-impact and ecological is gradually increasing. Yet at the same time, it also needs to be recognised that in Britain, there is a continually ageing population; over 23% of the population will be over the … Continue reading Accessibility in sustainable communities: inclusive eco-living for disabled people?
I am interested in how ideas about eco-housing travel between places, and particularly between countries. I have developed a spatial processes approach to help us understand how knowledges and practices are innovated, circulated and adapted. This is summarised in Figure 1. Knowledges and practices emerge in spaces of innovation. In eco-housing these pockets of experimentation … Continue reading How do eco-house ideas travel?
Recently I have been exploring what an anarchist house looks like, particularly using the work of Colin Ward. Anarchism is essentially self-organisation, people providing for themselves without state intervention. It has multiple variants and part of its appeal for many is the flexibility with which it can be understood and practiced[i]. Colin Ward was a … Continue reading An anarchist house
Starting an eco-village is such an enormous and ambitious task that few attempt it and many fail early on. Despite a plethora of books about eco-village living, few detail the full painstaking journey of founding one (Diana Leafe Christian’s Creating a Life Together and Jan Martin Bang’s Growing Eco-Communities being the two main exceptions). This … Continue reading Book review: The Birth of an eco-village by Paul Wimbush