Most cities have an Old Town – a historic district of quaint, old buildings that have been renovated to capture the original look and feel of the area. Often these areas are thriving tourist areas due to the unique architectural detailing and abundance of interesting shops.
Kasey Budgell, 14, is helping to bring an earth-sheltered greenhouse to King’s Point, Canada. Growing has been a family passion for generations, she said, recalling that as a tot she’d trail her grandfather around his garden. “I’d always want to be able to cut the turnip tops off, and be hands-on with it, but I was … Read more
Tucked outside of Sanmenxia City in China’s Henan Province is a 4,000-year-old Chinese town nicknamed the “mole town.” More than 3,000 people live in underground dwellings known as yaodongs (or “house caves”). They’ve only recently become accessible to tourists looking to experience them firsthand. The yaodongs originated during the Bronze Age—a period when it was … Read more
Here is a collection of some of the oldest buildings in the United States. It is interesting to notice that virtually all of them could be considered “natural buildings” made from local natural materials. This speaks to the longevity of natural building techniques! Originally constructed in Ardmore, Alabama in 1808 before being restored at to … Read more
St Edward’s Church is a medieval-built Church of England parish church, serving Stow-on-the-Wold, Gloucestershire, UK. Hilltop Stow-on-the-Wold is a classic Cotswold town where you’ll find antique shops and a great selection of traditional pubs. The north entrance of St Edward’s Church looks like it’s straight out of a fairy tale – it’s one of the … Read more
The reason I am posting this at the Natural Building Blog is that the old abandoned school that this couple visited is still standing so proudly. It is a perfect example of how well built stone masonry can withstand the ravages of time. The story written below was penned by Daryl Austin about a wonderful … Read more