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Paperback – 480 pages
8 Inches × 9 Inches (w × h)

Weight: 700 Grams
BISAC: HOUSE & HOME / Sustainable Living
Publisher: New Society Publishers
ISBN: 9780865717718
Pub. Date: 2014-07-01

About the Authors

Joseph F. Kennedy

Joseph F. Kennedy, studied earth building with architect Nader Khalili and helped him found CalEarth in 1991. He promotes earth and other natural building methods as a teacher, designer and builder. He is co-editor of Building Without Borders: Sustainable Construction for the Global Village. Joseph currently teaches at the New School of Architecture and Design in San Diego, California.

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Michael G. Smith

Michael G. Smith helped found The Cob Cottage Company in 1993. He has taught hundreds of hands-on workshops in cob, strawbale, natural floors and plasters, earthen ovens, and many other natural building techniques. He is the author of The Cobber's Companion: How to Build Your Own Earthen Home and co-author of The Hand-Sculpted House: A Practical and Philosophical Guide to Building a Cob Cottage. Michael has designed and built nearly fifty small cob and hybrid natural homes. He enjoys sharing his expertise with owner-builders around the world.

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Catherine Wanek

Catherine Wanek is a cofounder of Builders Without Borders. A passionate advocate of natural building techniques for over two decades, she is the author and photographer of The Hybrid House and The New Straw Bale Home. She also produced the videos The Strawbale Solution, the Building With Straw video series and Urban Permaculture. Catherine is the owner of the Black Range Lodge, a historic bed-and-breakfast inn located in the mountains of southwest New Mexico, which is becoming known as a center for ecological building and healthy living.

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The Art of Natural Building - Second Edition - Completely Revised, Expanded and Updated

Design, Construction, Resources

edited by Joseph F. Kennedy, Michael G. Smith & Catherine Wanek



The popularity of natural building has grown by leaps and bounds, spurred by a grassroots desire for housing that is healthy, affordable and environmentally responsible. While there are many books available on specific methods such as strawbale construction, cob or timber framing, few other resources introduce the reader to the entire scope of this burgeoning field.

Fully revised and updated, The Art of Natural Building is the complete and user-friendly introduction to natural building for everyone from do-it-yourselfers to architects and designers. This collection of articles from 60 leaders in the field is stunningly illustrated with over 400 photos of natural buildings from around the world. At 465 pages, this massive resource is over 50% longer than the original edition. Out of 64 chapters, 26 are new to this edition, and nearly all the rest have been completely revised to reflect recent developments. Learn about:

  • The case for building with natural materials, from the perspectives of sustainability, lifestyle and health
  • What you need to know to plan and design your own beautiful and efficient natural home
  • Explanations of thirty versatile materials and techniques, each with an up-to-date resource list of where to go for further information and training
  • How these techniques are being used to address housing crises around the world, with 12 case studies from China to Argentina.

Clearly written, logically organized and beautifully illustrated The Art of Natural Building is the encyclopedia of natural building.

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