Kailash Eco-village, Portland, Oregon, USA

  I had the great opportunity to stay at Kailash Eco-village for ten days in August last year. It was the last stop on my trip around eco-buildings in the USA and it did not disappoint. Kailash shares some similarities with Los Angeles Eco-Village – in that it is a deliberately urban project which enables … Continue reading Kailash Eco-village, Portland, Oregon, USA

Ampersand Learning Center, Cerillos, New Mexico, USA

“In a quality life, the sense of fulfilment comes from connection. Look to your rain, look to your land, look to the magical seasons of this earth. Listen to the wind, dance in the mud, then plaster your house with it ... living intimately and comfortably with the basic elements brings a deep sense of … Continue reading Ampersand Learning Center, Cerillos, New Mexico, USA

Regenerative design in eco-building

While in the USA several people refered to the concept of 'regenerative design', a term I had not heard used in Britain. Regenerative design is when the process of a build takes into full account the people and environment in which it is situated. It becomes regenerative when choices of which materials are used enable other … Continue reading Regenerative design in eco-building

Thom Wheeler’s Adobe Studio and House, Taos, New Mexico, USA

It takes a while to absorb and understand the scale of Thom’s adobe house and studio in Taos, New Mexico. If at first glance from the outside it looks like an ancient castle, with its large tall entrance ways and wooden beams, then stepping inside is like entering the great hall. The high ceilings, giant … Continue reading Thom Wheeler’s Adobe Studio and House, Taos, New Mexico, USA

Lama Foundation, San Cristobal, New Mexico, USA

Dancing on a wooden floor in an adobe dome built the 1960s was not really how I had envisaged my visit to the Lama Foundation . Yet this collective moment of fun somehow helped connect me to this community in a way I had not expected.   Open day dance inside the dome (built 1968) … Continue reading Lama Foundation, San Cristobal, New Mexico, USA