Ecoville ArchiTechs ~Homes of Earth and Straw
Hi Straw Bale Enthusiasts,
It’s been awhile since we sent out a Straw Bale Building newsletter but Ecoville ArchiTechs and bale building are rolling along. We hope you are having a good summer, too.
We are teaching a Straw Bale Workshop on July 30, 31 & Aug 1 on the Pine Ridge Lakota Reservation in South Dakota. We are excited to be working on this project. The building is a large barn/workshop space for OLCERI, a sustainability school. The Permaculture Guild is hosting the workshop and you can get more information at http://www.permacultureguild.us/straw-bale-course-at-pine-ridge/ This is a wonderful opportunity to learn straw bale building in an indegenous cultural setting!
This spring we worked on 5 Straw Bale house plans which were offering wall raising opportunities, all in Tennessee. Due to health issues, officialdom, and other extenuating circumstances 3 of them won’t be completed this year. The others are in the early building stages, not ready to set a date for straw. We will update when there are details to share.
One of the projects is an exciting straw bale retrofit of an old apartment building in Nashville. They are also incorporating a living roof, serious enough for gardening, and a Vertical Garden in Patrick Blanc fashion. See http://inhabitat.com/2007/01/15/vertical-gardens-by-patrick-blanc/ for beautiful pictures.
So keep your eyes open for more info. It’s an experience you won’t want to miss!