Design with Nature
Earth Turns to Gold
Design with Nature - Superadobe Homes 1 hr 41 min
How to build with arches, vaults, and domes
World renowned, visionary architect Nader Khalili teaches us the principles of designing Superadobe structures, from emergency shelters to entire eco-villages and towns. Khalili shares the secrets of nature\'s timeless principles and timeless materials. Using symmetry, harmony and geometry he shows us how to interpret and apply these to earth architecture. We learn how to build an arch, dome and vault, and to expand this knowledge into the design and construction of a home or community resistant to fire, flood, hurricane, earthquake and man-made disasters. We learn practical and simple ways to design a home that works in harmony with all aspects of nature, such as what to look for when we arrive at our building site, and how to integrate our design with the wind, sun, shade, and the land itself. With ‘Natural Design’ we know how to create a nontoxic, sustainable, and environmentally sound home that works in harmony with the environment almost any where in the world.
Earth Turns to Gold 1 hr 26 min
Apprenticeship series: Volume 1
In the feature documentary ‘Earth Turns to Gold’ world renowned, visionary architect Nader Khalili introduces to us the Alpha Principles of earth architecture: earth, water, air, fire, combined with arches, vaults and domes, as the seven notes of the music of architecture. He teaches us how to perceive, understand, and use these principles in the most practical manner.
Within the spirit of poetry and fable, and inspired by the mystic poetry of Rumi, the first part of our education begins in earth architecture. We learn what the tools of the trade are and how to use them. We understand how the perfect harmony of nature can be applied to architecture, and how this practical harmony can help us build habitats that are sustainable, nontoxic, and ecologically sound. We learn that we do not need to cut millions of trees to have beautiful homes. Why not? Because 90% of the material we need to build a home is under our feet. We learn that weather and elemental changes can be used to our advantage when building earth homes; that our earth homes are resistant to fire, flood, tornado, earthquake, and most natural and man-made disasters, and we learn the first steps in building ourselves a home made of earth.
Eco-Dome 1 hr 15 min
A Very Small Home Called Eco-Dome
Documentary of It\'s Construction
This film shows how a pile of earth, dug out from the building site, is turned into a small house called Eco- Dome (moon cocoon model), using the Superadobe technology. It documents how professionals and students from many countries training at Cal-Earth Institute built this structure. It is intended for use with materials and tools developed for instruction during the apprenticeship retreat at Cal-Earth. Superadobe technology was first presented by the architect to NASA for lunar habitats, and can build single or clustered homes on earth which are resistant to fire, floods, wind storms and earthquakes.
Natural Building and a New Sense of the Earth 54 min
Explore the world of natural building and meet some of its pioneers who are creating beautiful and inexpensive houses out of earth and straw, houses that you can make, too. This is a way of building that can transform how you see the earth and yourself.
Natural Materials 1 hr 14 min
Earth Materials (for Superadobe Homes)
How to use on-site soil
World renowned visionary Architect Nader Khalili teaches us the secrets of natural materials for building superadobe earth homes. We learn about the properties of the earth under our feet; how to separate and test the clay, silt, sand and other elements that are mixed in the soil; what should be done as we step onto our building site; how to recognize and analyze on-site materials for building using field tests, and how to use this knowledge to build an emergency shelter or permanent communities. We understand that the principles applied in the brilliant modern technology of Superadobe architecture has its roots in the universal elements of our planet and materials on our land. Khalili teaches us how to use these natural nontoxic materials to build healthy and healing homes, and what methods to use if the necessary materials are not available. In this way we understand that nature always provides the solutions if our spirit is in tune with the timeless elements of the universe, earth, water, air and fire. ‘Natural Materials’ is the practical key for understanding how and what materials to use in building a sustainable, eco-home that works with nature and is resistant to most natural and man-made disasters - a beautiful home with timeless materials and timeless principles.