The earthbag emergency shelter Patti Stouter and I published in our UN Emergency Shelter Proposal is now under construction. This is something I’ve wanted to do for years. Drawings, articles and blog posts are all great, but there’s nothing like first-hand experience to work out the kinks and get detailed documentation. A European journal plans to publish this shelter design next month along with Kelly Hart’s Riceland Dome. The journal article will likely bring much more international attention to earthbag building, and this lit a fire under me to build an actual prototype.
Constructing a prototype will enable me to pull together a free builder’s manual with detailed drawings, photos and text, which will make it much more likely these emergency shelters will be utilized on a large scale. As described in the PDF linked above, earthbag emergency shelters have a long list of benefits in terms of economics, emergency response, health, social and environmental benefits. Quite frankly, nothing else I’m aware of can compare. Stay tuned for more updates.