Ward-Karet wanted to gain some real world experience in the earthbag construction method while building in a manner that was in keeping with the surroundings. With a budget of $1,000, she designed and built the Helixa Shelter using earthbags, adobe, sunbrella fabric, and scraps from the architecture school.
Read more at Inhabitat: Helical Earthbag Shelter Built by Taliesin Student
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To whom it may concern,
I’m an architecture student at Politecnico di
Milano, in Italy, and i’m taking an experimental doctoral thesis,
about the “Emergency Shelter”.
I’m having a lot of researches,
focusing on prefabricated shelters, not only with a living use, but
also an educational, medical and supportal use.
I contacted also other
studies and organizations, and they proved themselves very willing.
I’m contacting you because I’d need to know some concrete
about your projects.
I’d need to Know
how much they costed, how many units have been built,the main building
materials, and where they’ve been used.
I can’t find a lots of
informations on internet or on books here in Italy.
If possible, i’d
need also some warking drawnings, for represent in the best way this
I’d like to bring your project as the main case study of my
I thank you in advance.
Your help would be really
fondamental for my researches.
We have a lot of information on our websites, but I’m too busy to find everything for you.
Here’s a list of projects in Haiti: http://earthbagbuilding.wordpress.com/2010/09/21/earthbag-projects-in-haiti/
Some of these organizations may have what you need on their websites.
Our website at EarthbagStructures.com has a lot of information on emergency shelter: http://www.earthbagstructures.com/
Also note, these are not prefabricated structures. They are built one at a time on site.
You can use the search engines on our various sites: EarthbagBuilding.com and Earthbag Building Blog.