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Friday, April 09, 2010

In Hesperia, California, architect Nader Khalili created a housing movement for the future. Khalili, who passed away in March 2008, prototyped his dome-shaped adobes on a commission from NASA for a lunar colony. Then he realized that his "superadobes" could take root on Earth. Studio 360's Eric Molinsky visited Cal-Earth with some friends who dream of living in giant igloos made of dirt.

Weigh in: Would you live in a superadobe?

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Comments [10]

eco_bach from canada

Should have profiled renegade architect and eco activist Michael Reynolds http://www.garbagewarrior.com/trailer.html

Apr. 15 2010 12:03 PM
Virginia from NYC

I just took a look at the Cal Earth web site and they've gotten permission to have a team of instructors go to Haiti next month to teach Haitians how to build shelter designed to address their specific needs. They need $50,000 to do it. It would be great if you mentioned this next week so people could donate at http://calearth.org/.

Apr. 11 2010 11:44 AM
Dana Smith from 78114

Yes, I want to live in this home, promote these structures as a solution, makr a difference, apply this solution. I have dreamed of this, contemplated this. I know the strength of this design and concept. We need to understand what should have been understood as a concern from the bgining (what we do to each other and our earth, we are caregivers).
Dana

Apr. 11 2010 02:05 AM
Susan Trumbull from Novato, California

Hey, This idea sounds like the perfect solution for rebuilding Haiti so it can withstand earthquakes, probably hurricanes, and it would be inexpensive! Here is your opening!!! There is more dirt than wood there...it just needs your brains. Planning departments are also less stoggie I should think.

Apr. 11 2010 01:38 AM
Karin B

I would absolutely live in one of these! They're beautiful.

Apr. 10 2010 08:11 PM
Bárbara from New York City

I LOVE THESE! I plan to move out of this hectic, over-crowded city sometime soon and I'd LOVE to live in one of these! They are AWESOME!!!

Apr. 10 2010 06:23 PM
Ralph Butler from St. Louis MO

I would love to live in an Adobe Cal-Earth domed house. I am presently in the process of building a shipping container house and would like to possibly build a super adobe for my next project for my sister. I applaud your endeavors and would consider coming to one of your training sessions in late 2010 or early 2011. Thank You

Ralph Butler

Apr. 10 2010 03:28 PM
dave

like the piece said the biggest obstacle to it is the local zoning boards. Their purpose seems to be maintaining the status quo. If allowed, I'd build and live in one...in about a minute, ok, as long as it took the adobe to dry to habitability.

Apr. 10 2010 12:57 PM
Leital from Studio 360

@scooterd
Here's a bit more info on the materials used for the Superadobe:
http://calearth.org/building-designs/what-is-superadobe.html
And Cal-Earth also holds building workshops:
http://calearth.org/learn-to-build/workshops.html

Hope that helps!

Apr. 09 2010 05:19 PM
scooterd from Rural New Mexico

I'd love more links to the "how-to" aspects of building one of these homes.

Apr. 09 2010 11:35 AM

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