Sunday, January 31, 2016

Rain delay but beauty abounds

Cal Earth double-ecodome plan. The rain delay allowed me to visit my not too far off neighbor. This is essentially the structure I am preparing to build. My storage dome is practice and will hold all of my tools and supplies.

You can see the recessed entranceway. Awesome bag and plasterwork, integrating the house into the landscape.
Close up of ecodeome apses. 

"Rumi says that we are worth no more than whatever we most fear," Khalili recalls. "I was afraid of cracks. Then I noticed that nature is filled with cracks. Look at a snake's skin." The conclusion was an experiment. Let the dome continue to crack and see how long it lasts. It is now 7 years old and still habitable. He took it to be Sufi wisdom applied to survival housing. "It is time to bring the tangible and intangible worlds together," Khalili says. "It should not be that now I am at the mosque and now I am at work. It's all the same. God can be made tangible in the work."
Khalili created a finish which he called “reptile” where the domes were covered with softball sized balls of concrete and earth. Reptile finish prevented cracking by creating paths for the structural stress caused as the building settling and by heating/cooling expansion and contraction.

So much beauty with every changing moment here. Rumi believes that if you follow your heart, your love, then you can really rise to the highest. He also says that whenever love arrives you can go beyond any known limits, letting the ego go and being humble like earth, soft, so that many flowers grow from you.

Saturday, January 30, 2016

Row 7 and entrances.

I spent a lot of time fiddling with the entrance. I had to cut the bag and chip away at the earth inside to get the doorframe back in. I'm not worried about it. I have gotten it level and nice.

Wednesday, January 27, 2016

because: Geometry

This is a look at the completed dome scale

First Post, Scott's Superadobe Build.

I will actually go back in time, and create some posts before this, for the days of the build, and then catch up, so that the blog will actually reflect the time that it took, and when the pics were taken. but this is the real first post. I wanted a place outside of facebook to post everything, in an accessible way. So here will be some pics as the build is now. 

Sunday, January 10, 2016

progress report, doorframe!

The frame is being used to set distance.

2 completed rows, above ground, 4 rows total!

Wednesday, January 6, 2016