I recently got an email from Sunny Tsai, a Chinese professor of architecture (now retired) with an update on a lovely meditation dome he and some 1400 Buddhist volunteers have just completed in Taiwan. He says that “To reach my idea of carbon reduction and sustainability, I avoided using all kinds of industrial materials and used only a minute quantity of cement. The dome is 6 meters in diameter. To people’s surprise, the interior space looks so wide and comfortable. It’s super cool and the Monks can enjoy the atmosphere of quiet and peacefulness. One summer day at noon we surveyed the temperature, and found a 6 degree (Centigrade) difference between the interior and outdoors.”
I have posted a page about this project at earthbagbuilding.com where you can see lots more photos of the dome being built.