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Eco-Dome - Building a Small Home - Download
should be able to build a
shelter for his or her family
with the simplest of elements
— earth, water, air, and fire”
The works and words of architect Nader Khalili
The Eco-Dome film shows how a pile of earth, dug out from the building site, is turned into a small house called Eco-Dome (moon cocoon model), using the Superadobe technology. It documents how professionals and students from many countries training at Cal-Earth Institute built this structure. It is intended for use with materials and tools developed for inspection during the hands-on apprenticeship course at Cal-Earth. Superadobe technology was first presented by the architect to NASA for lunar habitats, and can build single or clustered homes here on earth which are resitant to fire, floods, wind storms and earthquakes.
“It is a hidden treasure,” said the director of Emergency Response Division at the U.N. Development Program .... Here you have a technology that's so simple, so effective and can be used by everybody ...” - Reuters World News Agency
Note: Superadobe technology (sandbag tubes and barbed wire) is designed and developed by architect Nader Khalili, and engineered by P.J.Vittore, and C.W. Howe & Associates. 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. These successfully passed California’s strict seismic codes for the structures. Superadobe is a patented system in the U.S. and oversees, and put at the service of humanity and the environment. Licensing is required for commercial use. Licensing is required for commercial use.
Directed and Produced by Dastan Khalili
© copyright 2005 Cal-Earth Inc.