Shelter

Building a Debris Hut

Building a Debris Hut

How to build a Debris Hut for shelter and survival using techniques I learned at Tom Brown Jr.’s Tracker School in New Jersey. This shelter was built in January 2012 in Foster, Rhode Island. I’d love to hear from others who have built shelters. I am always looking to learn new shelter building techniques. More…

First Earth: Uncompromising Ecological Architecture

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FIRST EARTH is a documentary about the movement towards a massive paradigm shift for shelter — building healthy houses in the old ways, out of the very earth itself, and living less together like in the old days, by recreating villages. This is a playlist – 1 hour, 27 minutes. You can buy the DVD at…

US: A Home in Harmony with Nature? Why, that’s illegal!

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When we look at any aspect of what we call “civilization,” we see tangible designs, arrangements of matter formed into specific shapes. And all this shaping and forming is done by the cultural paradigm—by the worldview or philosophy of the particular culture. Does this sound abstract? Well, if you really want to experience the tangible…

Earth Walls: Cob and Straw Bale Construction in Wisconsin

Earth Walls: Cob and Straw Bale Construction in Wisconsin

Directed by Tona Williams (2005) | Starring Randy Gates, Marlin Nissen and Serenity Wehrenberg | As seen on Wisconsin Public Television and the Wisconsin Film Festival | Featuring the cob wall project at the Willy St. Co-op in Madison, Wisconsin, and the construction of a straw bale home in rural Wisconsin. Synopsis Organizers, entrepreneurs, and…

We The Tiny House People: Small Homes, Tiny Flats & Wee Shelters

We The Tiny House People: Small Homes, Tiny Flats & Wee Shelters

TV producer and Internet-video personality Kirsten Dirksen invites us on her journey into the tiny homes of people searching for simplicity, self-sufficiency, minimalism and happiness by creating shelter in caves, converted garages, trailers, tool sheds, river boats and former pigeon coops. — “This extraordinary recalibration of what it means to live the good life”- TreeHugger…

Who says bigger’s better?

Made from scavenged materials, Derek Diedricksen’s tiny houses cost just $200 to make. What the little wooden dwellings lack in space, is made up for in style thanks to plenty of decorative detail. The 33-year-old uses parts of discarded household items to ensure each home has basic functions, the glass from the front of a…