Integrating Shelter, Food, Water and Sense of Place — 9 Comments

  1. I really like this idea, especially for a lightweight living roof. I could see a similar system with a gentile arch over earthbag walls. The arch could rise 15% of the span, and support a lightweight living roof. This would become on of the cheapest building systems to construct.

    I may have to do some tests…

        • Thumbs up. I like it. But realize every living roof takes maintenance. It has to be built in such a way to easily support your weight plus heavy rain, snow, etc. Ferrocement is amazing strong and will work fine.

          I like Kevin’s idea of lightweight green roofs made with leaves.

  2. This is very interesting. Certain aspects of Kevin’s “idea” will certainly end up in my project in Westcliffe; rain water collection and growing food onsite. I plan to stick with earthbags for my home and greenhouse. I have seen what a wind can do to a small “sturdy” hoop structure here in Frederick – it is not pretty :(

    It has been a struggle avoiding the dreaded “analysis paralysis” that can come when new ideas are presented. I notice new ideas almost constantly now that I am more aware of the possibilities. I suppose the best I can do now is simply take notice and consider these new ideas for another project.

    I rated Kevin’s idea highly.

    • I know Pueblo gets horrendous winds at times. The flatland gets much hotter than the nearby mountains. The hot air rises and cold air rushes down the mountains with incredible force. One year it blew over hundreds of concrete block privacy walls.

      But it seems like this structure could be reinforced on the ends or by adding diagonal bracing so it wouldn’t blow over. Use steel conduit for all the arches. You’d likely lose the tarp but everything else should survive.

      I save all the good ideas I come across in folders for later reference. There are too many good ideas to keep up with it seems.

  3. The biggest strength about this project is how it incorporates or integrates so many vital things into one design. It’s definitely not a ‘one trick pony.’

    I hope there’s another similar contest in the future so Kevin’s work can be more noticed.

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