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A Sculpture city.

I will start a town. Heres how.

  • Buy a bunch of beautiful acres cheap at auction.
  • Put ad in papers and here on blog
  • review applications in any form people want to write them including really good lists.
  • Groups of say 8 -12 people will agree to build 8 -12 houses and each receive one of them customized. with ¼ acre on it free land.
  • learn how to build 10 houses, get one.
  • Choice of sustainable architecture techniques Earthships, Cob houses, strawbale, adobe, log cabin, balloon concrete, Thatched, container home, tiny home, treehouse or geodesic dome home, (good for gardening in winter). Most of these designs are 10x -100X cheaper and hundreds of times stronger than regular architecture.
  • All water collected by houses
  • All sunlight wind and hydro power collected from river needed to build cob, straw bale, adobe, earthbag, houses.
  • Lay narrow bike/rollerskating (car less) streets of hempcrete..and other non asphalt (because it’s toxic leeching oil). A car, gravel, wood chip, or dirt road hidden out of the way.
  • Berry bushes, fruit trees and vegetable gardens everywhere lining every sidewalk.
  • Possible public buildings can include: amphitheater,  square, fountain, sculptures, 3d printer hut, school, cob resturaunt, cob farmstands, cob  ramen shop in a giant ramen bowl, artstudios, skate park, freshwater phytofiltered pool, a hot tub, Pottery studio using free clay from the river, and anything else you can think of..
  • At some point there should be a school of classes where every subject is taught by doing. For example: A science course where no reading is done prior to the first experiment, everything is learned and written down sequentially in order of each necessary step required at that time to conduct the experiment. 

Accepting applications in any form you want, even lists of ideas and suggestions at rollership@gmail.com

Though straw walls might be most readily linked to a story of pigs making questionable construction choices, the team behind these homes says the material could help to sustainably meet housing demand.

The homes are the result of an engineering research project led by the University of Bath.

The researchers worked with specialist architectural firm Modcell.

The team says this development should move building with straw from a niche technique for the ecologically minded to the wider market.

The houses, on a street of traditional brick-built homes in Bristol, are clad in brick to fit in with the surroundings. But their prefabricated walls are timber framed, filled with straw bales and encased in wooden boards.

Prof Pete Walker from the University of Bath, who led the project to develop and test this construction method, told BBC News: “I think there’s a lot of misconception about using straw - stories about the three little pigs and the big bad wolf, concerns about fire resistance.”

As part of this EU-funded project, Prof Walker and his colleagues have systematically tested and refined the technology - including testing its structural and weight-bearing properties, and its thermal insulation.

“Our testing over a number of years, and our research has demonstrated that it is a robust and safe form of construction.”

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Straw bale Tiny House

Strawbale.com’s founders and educators Andrew and Gabriella Morrison are leading the U.S. in the implementation of strawbale home construcion. They schedule workshops throughout the year where for each workshop, they assist the builder with their construction process, and for the final phase of construction, the strawbale part, they host a workshop with numerous individuals who are there to learn, yet make up a massive team of builders. Those who advance to a keen knowledge of understanding of the process are issued “Strawbale Certification” for their abilities.

Recently, Andrew and Gabriella made a life altering decision to buy land and build a tiny house. Here’s an interview they conducted with Jeff Golden on Immense Possiblities followed by photos of their amazing tiny house:

So these two got busy and started building a place all their own that is paid for and debt free - what a great way to be!

And here’s their beautiful front door entrance:

Many of you were wondering about the exterior of our house. Here’s a shot of it. We are calling it “hOMe.” Say it slowly. The OM in the middle will help remind you to slow down and embrace the calm, simple lifestyle of tiny living…

Here’s a shot looking down from our bedroom loft. You can see the secondary loft across the way. That’s our “tiny house lounge.” It’s super comfortable for playing guitar, reading, watching movies and more. Down below is the bathroom in t…he distance. You can make out the edge of the self contained, composting toilet. The sink and the shower are hidden behind the wall to the left behind the propane “fire place.” Our incredibly spacious shelving units define the living room couch and the eating area. When not in use during meals, the dining area doubles as our office (thank goodness for laptops!). Finally, in the bottom left, you can see the staircase. It’s totally comfortable and provides a ton of storage beneath the stairs as well.

Not the greatest photo, but I can’t help but be excited by the fact that we have hot water!!! What a difference a tankless water heater makes to a shower (in the winter especially)!

Yes, we have a full size, and I mean full size, kitchen in our tiny home. That’s a standard gas range/oven you see there. Tons of counter space and cabinet storage. You can’t see it in the pictures, but we also have a full size refrigerator. All of this with ample space for TWO PEOPLE to move around the kitchen. No compromises here…

Our bedroom loft is “huge” as far as tiny houses go. It’s roughly 8’ wide and 10’ long. That’s ample room for our queen size mattress, two dressers, and a decorative shelf under the window all while leaving lots of room to move around. The headroom is perfect too. No crawling on our bellies…knees yes, but the wool rug makes that quite comfortable.

Our living room couch. Makes you want to settle in with a warm mug of tea and a book, eh?

We knew that a ladder was not an option for us to get to our bedroom as we wanted to have an easier way to get up and down from the loft. These stairs make the home incredibly functional not only because of the ease of accessing the bedroom loft, but also because of the storage underneath.

Welcome to our tiny house lounge…This is our secondary loft that doubles as a guest bedroom and hang out lounge.