Earthbag Eco-village in Beijing — 6 Comments

  1. Hi there,

    My girlfriend and I have recently moved to Beijing to teach English, the goal is to save enough money to build a cob home when we move back. I was wondering if you provide any lectures or workshops on natural building here in Beijing? We bought an amazing book called The Hand-Sculpted House by Ianto Evans, but it would be brilliant to talk to someone who has proper knowledge in the field.

    Thank you for your time!


    • The best way to learn is to practice on a small project such as a tool shed. The principles are very simple. You just need a bit of practice on a small project before tackling something larger. You’ll be fine. Just jump right in. I’m in India now and don’t have time to go to China.

  2. hey my name is chad. ive lived in japan 4 years, i will make my first english school in china, im not sure if i will build it, but i will definitely be interested in meeting you in beijing, and working with earthbag technology to make homes, and infrastructure. my current ideas, are related to not using any utilities, and reducing building cost down to the minimum. I enjoyed the eco-dome, and the round building. all very interesting. one thing though, if you dig down, you dont have to build walls up. this could save time, im not sure, what do you think? the next is with mothership design, they collect rainwater, and utilize it in 4 areas of the home, shower, drinking, plant feeding, and exterior. all water is recycled.

    • Digging down can be effective in hot, dry climates. It can easily lead to moisture problems if there are flash floods, etc. Be careful. I prefer to build on high ground and berm earth around the house about 2′ high.

  3. Hello,
    I am the editor of ANZA magazine, a newly established East African Architectural magazine. We are currently working on our fourth issue which bares the theme title “From the ground up”. The issue focuses on Construction in East africa.

    We found the earthbag project done by Dr. Sunny Cai and we would like to feature his project in this issue. Unfortunately we cannot find his details. Would you be kind and avail us with his contact so we can give credit to him and make him aware of this.

    Looking forward to your response.

    Kind regards

    Comfort B
    Anza magazine

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