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Natural Materials DVD
in this earth
in this immaculate field
we shall not plant any seeds
except for compassion
except for love”
The works and words of architect Nader Khalili
HOW-TO Apprentice Volume
World renowned visionary Architect Nader Khalili teaches us the secrets of natural materials for building Earth Architecture. We learn how to step onto our building site, pick up the earth under our feet, and using field tests analyze and choose a suitable material for constructing our home, permanent communities and emergency shelter.
Khalili teaches us, through stories of both personal experience and legend, how to use these natural nontoxic materials to build healthy and healing homes. In this process we will understand that the principles applied in the innovative modern technology of Superadobe have their roots in the timeless, universal elements earth, water, air and fire.
Earth, or all the elements, offer the raw material for building a sustainable, eco-home that works in harmony with nature and is resistant to most natural and man-made disasters - a beautiful home built with timeless materials and timeless principles.
“All cultures grow out of earth. “ “Earth is the mother that never dies.” - NK
“Hence the materials of war -sandbags and barbed wire - are used for peaceful ends, integrating traditional earth architecture with contemporary global safety requirements.” - Aga Khan Award for Architecture
Natural Materials Trailer
Note: Superadobe technology (sandbag tubes and barbed wire) is designed and developed by architect Nader Khalili, and engineered by P.J.Vittore. Prototypes have been constructed and tested for the City of Hesperia, California, Building and Safety Department, in consultation with I.C.B.O. (International Conference of Building Officials), in the forms of arches, vaults, and domes between 1993 and 1996, and updated to 2007. These successfully passed California’s strict seismic codes for the structures. Superadobe is a patented system freely put at the service of humanity and the environment. Licensing is required for commercial use.
Directed and Produced by Dastan Khalili
© copyright Nader Khalili