Hi Owen, We have participated at NEA competition and our Earthbag design won an award of the most popular design by public choice.
“We are working with a community in Chitwan, Nepal where we are planting hundreds of bamboo along a river bed. In order to avoid monoculture, we are also planting high value crops like lemongrass, ginger, lentil, chamomile etc. Our plan is to add value to these plants, for example by building schools with local resources, or extracting lemongrass oil so that we can create a unique village that demonstrates the world the best local use of natural resources.”
There are many different uses for bamboo mat such as wall treatments, ceilings, floor mats, placemats, furniture and cabinet door panels. The natural textures and hues add a special touch to a home. Millions of low cost homes in the tropics use bamboo mat as the main covering over lightweight wall framing. The image above shows just a few available designs. Check your local suppliers or order online.
Maybe you’d prefer a fixer-upper instead of starting from scratch? I love old world stone houses like this. Note how the structures are attached. They were probably added on one at a time over the years.
“Cobblestone architecture refers to the use of cobblestones embedded in mortar as method for erecting walls on houses and commercial buildings. Cobblestone architecture was developed in the northeastern United States, especially antebellum western New York state. Masons that built the Erie Canal during 1817-1825 started building cobblestone structures about the time the canal was finished.
Three beautiful thatched roof houses just for fun.