EMERGENCY SANDBAG SHELTER NAD ECO-VILLAGE: HOW TO BUILD YOUR OWN
Author: Nader Khalili
Publisher: Chelsea Green Publishing, Jul 2011
A must-have manual for every home, as an emergency guide. 700+ photos & B&W illus; 8.5x11 inches, 303 pgs.
"We live on earth, yet so ignorant of earth and all the treasures it holds."-Rumi
Emergency Sandbag Shelter is a must-have manual for every home, as an emergency guide. Now for the first time this book is made available to people around the world by its inventor, award-winning architect Nader Khalili (1932-2008), whose specialty was skyscrapers and who dedicated his life to teaching others how to build shelter for humanity. This book, with over 700 photos and illustrations, shows how to use sandbags and barbed wire, the materials of war, for peaceful purposes as the new invention known as Superadobe or earth-bag, which can shelter millions of people around the globe as a temporary as well as permanent housing solution. This affordable, self-help, sustainable, and disaster resistant structural system is a spin off from Khalili's presentation to NASA for habitat on the moon and Mars, which successfully passed rigorous tests for strict California earthquake building codes. This book along with a small library of films and kits can guide anyone to learn and teach how to build a home or community.
"Bypass the UN, by-pass government. People can start building their own." -- Washington Post "The buildings are cool in summer and warm in winter, probably the most environmentally-friendly homes you'll ever come across." -- BBC
About the Author
Nader Khalili, Humanitarian Architect (1932-2008)
Architect and author Nader Khalili developed the simple breakthrough building technologies known as Superadobe(sandbags and barbed wire) and Ceramic Houses, with the freely available material of earth, for almost thirty years. Inspired by the poetry of the 12th century mystic Rumi, who wrote in his native Persian language, Khalili served as a consultant to the U.N. (UNIDO) and a contributor to NASA, as well as directing the Architectural Research Program (ARP) at SCI-Arc (Southern California Institute of Architecture).
For his work in Earth and Ceramic Architecture since 1975, he received awards from organizations such as the CCAIA for "Excellence in Technology," the U.N. and HUD for "Shelter for the Homeless," the ASCE (Aerospace Division) for his work in lunar base building technology, and most recently the Aga Khan award for architecture for "Sandbag Shelter Prototypes".
Through his work, Nader Khalili has inspired a global movement and left a rich body of philosophy, design and innovative construction technology. His work is continued at Cal-Earth Institute, as the basis for its research and educational mission.