24/11/2010

Being on the building site, via BLOG!

Image sourced from blog Mumemo


Image sourced from blog Mary-in-Mali
Blogs are fantastic platforms for those who decide to share the experience of building a house with the rest of the world. With the ‘follow me’ feature it is so easy to check on how these houses are coming along, that I can’t help following a few of these blogs myself. It sort of naturally became an item on my weekly to-do list!
These blogs are also very common amongst the environmentally conscious builders. The construction  process of straw bale houses, rammed earth houses, cob houses, and so on, are all over the internet. Given that the natural building movement is relatively recent, in a way it is quite positive to have access to this precious world wide information. Besides being very interesting following the construction process itself, one can keep up-to-date with the latest trends, materials, etc. Additionally, and I guess more importantly, one can learn from other people’s successes and failures. Take the case of ‘The year of Mud: Cob and Natural Building’, where Ziggy, after completing his lovely cob house, revealed that the rocket stove he had built was not performing as initially expected.

The variety of projects is immense! From the construction of a small cob building in an ecovillage to a school in Mali, believe me, there is a lot to choose from.  Below are just a few examples, but I am sure you will  find many others.

- Terra’s rammed earth house (USA) - http://terrashouse.rammedearthworks.com/
- Jack and Juliet’s House (USA) - http://jackshouse.rammedearthworks.com/
- Mary in Mali (Mali, Africa) - http://mary-in-mali.blogspot.com/
- Alt Shift NZ (New Zeland)  http://www.altshiftnz.com/
- The Year of Mud: Cob and Natural Materials (USA) - http://small-scale.net/yearofmud/
- Mumeno: Diário de campo (Mozambique, Africa) - http://mumemo.blogspot.com/

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