An Eco Home For Everyone
We all want to live in awesome houses but most of us have no time to live outside the box – when people in the west think of a new house they are disempowered by a system that is designed to produce a very limited type of boxy home on a concrete estate.
Secretly we all dislike the idea of box living, we welcome its security, basically were just happy to have a home; but are there alternatives?
The Drive For Profit
Many of these estates have always been built with money in mind – they offer good places to live but many find communal space is becoming smaller and smaller because housing development firms seek to squeeze as many houses on each square of concreeted land (lets remember that these companies exist solely for building profit and not for building quality of life).
Many will like housing estates like this – they are seen as convential and normal but is there a way to build in harmony with nature but also cheap on the wallet; while also offering an amazing quality of life?
Yes there is, in the clip above check out Michael Judd’s beautiful timber-frame straw bale home that looks distinctively hobbit like maybe just because its round and built from wood; but, his eco credentials are solid.
What is also solid is the positive effect housing like that has on nature and us humans. Green houses built on a large scale across greenbelt land but not in ways to dominate nature – but to work within nature, enhancing it so that each small comunite has open grassland and woodland areas for wildlife to thrive.
Humans need space to live happy and we need space to dream – often those born to live on crowded concrete estates will reflect that persona back into their lives; imagine instead how things could be differant.
Modern Farmland is Often Bad For Wildlife
It is often stated that we should not build on green land, in the UK there are vast swathes of greenbelt land and we are told not to build on it because that would be damaging for the environment.
Strangely enough lots of this land is open farmland which when used will often be sprayed with huge doses of chemicals and pesticides which are ultra unhealthy for the environment – killing off insects and natural plant diversity.
Why so much modern farming has become industrialised and toxic is another story but all we need to consider here is how we could use that land better for local natural environments and for providing humans with a greater quality of life.
New Ways To Produce Food
Many are now building farms of the future based on hydroponics which was first developed by the Aztecs in ancient America. This technology has recently been reclaimed by humans who are building a vision of food growth away from fields – so lets just remember we are not limited locally to the ways of our recent past, things can be differant.
Much like how the ancient capital city of the Aztecs (larger than any city in Europe at that time), it also had a huge population that was all fed from a variety of amazing agriculture ideas – we can build differantly and also provide enough food for everyone. And in areas with less water they have now developed farms based on Aeroponics which are a whole nother level of clever!
Michael Judds Woodland Oasis Built Within Nature
As featured on the Natural Buildings channel online Michael Judd shows us above how you can build amazing homes on minimal resources that are considered polluting, like concrete or brick.
His natural building’s frame was built mainly with storm-fallen lumber sourced directly from their property.
The clay, sand, and straw used in the home were also sourced locally. The round design is especially unique and creates a special sense of flow throughout the home.
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