Saturday, October 9, 2010

Architect Ericka Temple ~ Long Way Home

Architect's drawing of the upper windows of the vocational classrooms being created with reused glass bottles. Visit Ericka's blog at for updates and installation coverage.

The solar shower is underway! Rain water from our tank is heated in black plastic tubing and attached to a standard shower head. The trash bottle and bamboo walls are complete and the earthen walls and floor are almost done. Pretty soon we’ll be bathing with hot water – yay!

And a small garden has been planted as well, with cilantro, rose mary, thai basil, onions and kale on the way. This garden will eventually be expanded and together with the tree nursery be a vital part of the school – students will learn how to grow food and trees, the veggies will provide snacks and lunches, and the excess harvest will be sold at market to keep admissions fees low.

... Work continues on the Phase I Building Manual, which will be used by LWH staff, volunteers and interns. The manual will thoroughly explain the process of the first vocational workshops and will help all people involved better understand LWH’s building practices. We are also making revisions to the site design and looking ahead to building the dry-composting latrine, completing the retaining walls and the Earthbag classrooms in 2011.

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Also see: *Alternative Construction: Contemporary Natural Building Methods, edited by Lynne Elizabeth and Cassandra Adams. 2000 John Wiley&Sons, Inc.

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