calearth, champion of inexpensive architecture for the poor, reopens this weekend - colored glass water bottles
On a warm morning about 80 miles northeast of downtown Los Angeles on Saturday morning, brave tourists sit in the car waiting for CalEarth to open.
They came to hespera to see the dome-
Shape structure as a shelter and emergency shelter-
Building is cheap and easy, perhaps for the poor, or for those displaced by earthquakes, wildfires, strong winds or floods.
Unfortunately, the campus of the Institute is closed.
CalEarth has been shut down by the San Bernardino County Fire Department since last December until the institute is able to build a fire road and make other improvements to comply with county and city regulations.
For those who advocate sustainable design, closure has calmed down a long-standing voice in an increasingly important conversation.
Founded in 1991 by Nader Khalili, the California Institute of Earth arts and architecture, which studies and develops solutions including patented structures SuperAdobe, long plastic bags filled with dirt on construction sites, fixed in place with barbed wire.
Khalili's ultimate goal is to enable refugees and the poor to build their homes with the least amount of material, without the need for highly skilled practitioners such as architects, engineers and contractors.
The institute has held a strong apprenticeship and seminar project for those interested in the technology.
Alumni scattered around the world use SuperAdobe technology to build houses in different places such as Oman, Venezuela, Japan, Hungary and Sierra Leone.
When the hercyperia campus was closed, apprentices and studios continued in places such as Italy and Mexico.
"It proves that CalEarth is more than just a campus," said Nader's daughter, Sheefteh Khalili, who has been running with her brother, Dastan, since their father died in 2008.
"The work has spread so much.
The campus is only part of it.
"The structure of the CalEarth campus was experimented with forms and materials.
Doors are sometimes built with wooden pallets, light enters through colored glass bottles inserted into walls, windows are recycled PVC pipes.
A person has a large dome stand out that can flow water to places prone to flooding.
The other one under construction will be underground.
The result is compared to Tatooine's "Star Wars" desert planet home or J. 's comfortable cupolas with an arched homeR. R.
Hobbit of Tolkien
"There is renewed interest in the dome.
This is an original form of real resonance, "L said. A.
Architect Davide Kapoor
"Form is the basic form of the past families of each continent.
Nadel Khalili, who teaches at the Southern California Institute of Architecture and is a visiting scientist at NASA's Los Alamos National Laboratory, chose hercyperia due to difficult conditions.
"The temperature in the summer is three digits, the winter is the single digit, and we are near the San Andreas fault," said Sheefteh Khalili . ".
A strong change in weather is a stress test of the structure, which is designed to withstand extreme conditions.
Dastan and Shef are still working to advance the legacy of their father.
"His vision is so pure, so clear. Said Sheefteh.
"It's about access, education and empowerment.
"That's why the closure became the crossroads of the Institute.
The San Bernardino County Fire Department has asked CalEarth to complete a fire passage, while the city of hercypera has added requirements including ADA barrier-free parking lots and full sidewalks, the curb and ditch on the east side of the campus.
Roads and ADA accessible parking lots have been completed, but the institute still needs to raise funds for sidewalks and gutters.
CalEarth launched its membership program for the first time ever.
According to Sheefteh Khalili, the remaining improvements will cost about $112,000 and CalEarth has raised $75,000 so far.
Due to the completion of the fire passage and the ADA passage, CalEarth received a green light for re-opening.
The first open day since the closure is scheduled for Saturday.
The last major initiative is to develop a standardized set of procedures for the International Code Council to provide the municipal government with an association to evaluate the model code for global building safety and sustainability.
Khalilis wants a third party to be able to approve the testing and evaluation procedures for SuperAdobe, which will initiate its adoption in the USS.
, And provides a way for Hesperia and San Bernardino counties to allow them to build their buildings.
For Kapoor, a standardized set of code may make SuperAdobe in L. A.
He wanted to see the idea come true.
"It's a cheap house you built yourself, but each one feels like a sacred space," he said . ".
"It is holy and profane at the same time.
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