Check out this great podcast! The CalEarth portion starts at 18:30. Thanks to Madeline Gobbo and Jessica Placzek for joining us and for including us in this episode.
Hello CalEarth friends! We have so much exciting news to share.
After many months of work we are thrilled to announce our Superadobe Online Workshop Series. For those looking for hands-on demonstrations and lectures, this 12-part video series includes nearly 7 hours of classes. This package includes the Intro to Superadobe Course, the Plasters & Finishes Course (also sold individually) along with 7 additional lessons and 3 plasters demonstration videos not available for individual purchase. Click to read more and download or stream the class instantly from your computer or mobile device.
Last month I had a surreal experience. I was invited to the opening night of a new exhibit at the MoMA in NYC entitled "Insecurities: Tracing Displacement and Shelter" which featured powerful images of refugees and refugee camps. To see my fathers work up there on the wall of solutions for shelter was truly an honor. These past 8 years running Cal-Earth Institute with my brother Dastan Khalili and our team has been challenging in so many ways, but this moment was a reminder that our father's vision to create solutions for shelter is immensely important and I am honored to carry that vision forward.
As we approach the 25th anniversary of CalEarth, we are continually amazed and humbled by the unwavering support of our community. As a nonprofit organization, almost everything we do is thanks to the support of students and volunteers. There is something magical about CalEarth...when we need something it has a way of turning up. In May 2016 at an Open House we had the pleasure of meeting Lauren Webster, an extremely talented web designer and art director who offered to volunteer her time to help us. Over the past few months Lauren has built us a new website completely from scratch, including re-branding and re-focusing our story to give a fuller and richer picture of all that CalEarth encompasses. Thanks to Lauren, our work is now available to people everywhere in its fullest form. Be sure to read about our founder, Nader Khalili, and browse the gallery of SuperAdobe projects worldwide. Also check out our online classes, and the full 2016-2017 workshop schedule including our annual Permaculture Combined course in just a couple of weeks.
Thank you Lauren for your selfless commitment to helping CalEarth reach those in need, and thank you to all our students and supporters past and present--we are eternally grateful.
Sheefteh Khalili, CFO
Dastan Khalili, President
Permaculture Combined Training October 3-15, 2016
Check out this great two part documentary by Cari Corbet-Owen featuring CalEarth and other groups and individuals building with earth and other natural materials.
"At first glance, the scenery at The California Institute of Earth Art and Architecture may look a lot like The Flintstones' neighborhood, but this place is far from the prehistoric cave era of Wilma and Fred. These dome-like structures are the future of sustainable and affordable housing."
Cal-Earth, the California Institute of Earth Art and Architecture, is a 501 (c)(3) nonprofit organization committed to providing solutions to the human need for shelter through research, development, and education in earth architecture. Cal-Earth envisions a world in which every person is empowered to build a safe and sustainable home with their own hands, using the earth under their feet. Currently, Cal-Earth reaches over 1.5 million through worldwide outreach and social media, in addition to more than 1,500 visitors who come to the Hesperia site annually for workshops and tours.
Cal-Earth Low-cost Sustainable Earthen Housing Solutions Proved Effective and Safe in Earthquakes
Hesperia, Calif., May 5, 2015 -- Cal-Earth Institute today announced they received confirmation that the Superadobe/Earthbag orphanage project built for the Pegasus Children’s Project in the northern Khathmandu valley in Nepal survived the 7.6 magnitude earthquake on 25 April 2015, and the structures are all still standing.
The Superadobe (sandbags/barbed wire) building system developed at Cal-Earth (U.S. Patent #5,934,027) integrates traditional earth architecture with contemporary global safety requirements, and passes severe earthquake code tests in California. The technology has been published by NASA, endorsed by the United Nations, featured in countless world media outlets, and awarded the prestigious Aga Khan Award for Architecture in 2004.
A UK charity, Small Earth, built over 40 domes in 2006 for the Pegasus Children’s Project in Nepal, which is home to over 90 children and their caretakers, all of who are confirmed safe after the earthquake. Trained by a Cal-Earth alumni in 2005, Small Earth’s founder, Julian Faulkner, shared the news: “The domes have come through relatively unscathed with just surface cracking to the plasterwork… in the village below the site 15 houses have collapsed and many others are badly damaged with all the villagers now sleeping under tarpaulins in the fields.”
Faulkner stated the superficial damage to the buildings is a “testament to the quality of training we received that has enabled us to further develop the technology for use in climates as diverse as the temperate UK, the monsoon-drenched Himalayas and the African savannah.” Pegasus is raising funds to rebuild a brick structure that was destroyed during the quake, but feel validated in their choice to build earthbag domes to withstand the extreme conditions.
The Cal-Earth organization is dedicated to addressing the pressing needs of all the Earth’s homeless population and displaced people. The global housing shortage currently includes some 20-40 million refugees and displaced persons, and hundreds of millions more who live in substandard or slum housing. With compounding environmental challenges and the acceleration of natural and man-made disasters, this shortage will only become more severe in the coming decades. Cal-Earth believes the time to act is now, in order to ensure that everyone has a safe and sustainable place to live.
Cal-Earth is responding to the growing need to educate people in the face of compounding environmental challenges and the acceleration of natural and man-made disasters. On May 11, 2015, Cal-Earth will launch its first online class for download and streaming: Introduction to Superadobe. Cal-Earth is working toward raising addition funding to create more online content so that anyone, from anywhere, will be able to learn sustainable earth architecture in person or online.
Cal-Earth on HGTV! check out our segment on a recent episode of Extreme Homes! (Season 4, Episode 6- "Glass, Shark, Fortress"). Always exciting to see our work in the media. Please spread the word!
Artbound recently visited CalEarth to make this short documentary.