Ceramic Houses and Earth Architecture: How to Build Your Own

Overview

Khalili's classic, authoritative manual describes how to build arches, domes, and vaults with earth, as well as techniques to fire and glaze earth buildings to transform them into ceramic houses. This newly revised edition also provides insight into the latest response by building officials to Superadobe or earthbag technology (structures of sandbags and barbed wire), a patented system that is free for the owner-builder and licensed for commercial use.

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Overview

Khalili's classic, authoritative manual describes how to build arches, domes, and vaults with earth, as well as techniques to fire and glaze earth buildings to transform them into ceramic houses. This newly revised edition also provides insight into the latest response by building officials to Superadobe or earthbag technology (structures of sandbags and barbed wire), a patented system that is free for the owner-builder and licensed for commercial use.

Nader Khalili's ideas on ceramic houses and earth architecture have been published by NASA and utilized by the United Nations, and have passed building and safety tests in California. This new edition is now in its fifth printing.

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Editorial Reviews

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"This is an extraordinary work. Ceramic houses is full of experiential advice, technical guidance, and encouragement."--Fine Homebuilding

"To this visionary architect the earth houses are the obvious response to the 21st century housing shortages, deforestation, the energy crunch.."--Orange County Register

"We think this design has the potential of revolutionizing the housing industry."--Hesperia Mayor

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781889625010
  • Publisher: Cal Earth Press
  • Publication date: 9/1/1996
  • Series: Cal-Earth Titles Series
  • Edition description: New Edition
  • Edition number: 4
  • Pages: 233
  • Sales rank: 846,936
  • Product dimensions: 8.50 (w) x 11.00 (h) x 0.70 (d)

Meet the Author

Nader Khalili, an Iranian-born California architect and author, is the designer and innovator of the Geltaftan Earth-and-Fire System known as "ceramic houses" as well as the Superadobe building technologies. He received his education in Iran, Turkey, and the United States, and has been a licensed architect in California since 1970. In 1975, he closed his successful practice in the United States and Iran designing high-rise buildings and journeyed by motorcycle for five years through the Iranian desert, where he worked closely with local villagers to develop his earth architecture prototypes. His impressions have been collected in his book Racing Alone. Mr. Khalili serves as a consultant to the United Nations and is a contributor to NASA on construction technologies for the moon and Mars. He is the founder and director of the Cal-Earth Institute, Geltaftan Foundation-dedicated to research and development in earth and space architecture technologies for the moon and Mars.

Khalili presently lives in the Mojave desert city of Hesperia, California (north east of Los Angeles). He has a son, Dastan, and a daughter, Sheefteh. He continues to work as an architect, teacher, and author. His books include Ceramic Houses and Earth Architecture: How to Build Your Own, Emergency Sandbag Shelter: How to Build Your Own, and Sidewalks on the Moon: Journey of a Mystic Architect.

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Table of Contents

The beginning
Part 1. The evolution : A tale of two communities: Boshrouyeh and Taos
Earth architecture
Geltaftan (fired structure) earth architecture
A ceramic house: a dream come true
Part 2. Philosophy and design principles : The people's architecture: working with nature
Structural principles
Basic forms and designs
Part 3. Materials and techniques : Appropriate site, appropriate materials
Adobe
Geltaftan (fired-earth) adobe mixture
Adobe: forms and block-making
Foundations
Walls
How to build arches, domes, and vaults
Roofing and wall covering
Flooring, interior finishes, opening and utilities
Part 4. Firing and ceramic glazing : Geltaftan: firing earth structures
Interior design: sculpting and glazing -- Landscaping and rehabilitation
Part 5. Beginning : model making
Visions for the future
Appendix : Shell membrane theory applied to masonry domes
Magma, ceramic, and fused adobe structures generated in situ
Building codes
Glossary and metric and U.S. systems of weights and measures.

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