Water Systems & Integrated Design
With Art Ludwig, Penny Livingston-Stark and Brock Dolman
July 5-8, 2008
Introduction to Cob and Earthen Construction
With Art Ludwig, Penny Livingston-Stark and friends
July 9-12, 2008
Regenerative Design Institute, Bolinas, CA
- Principles of ecological design and the function of wild natural water systems
- Water site assessment and mapping, and water testing: dissolved solids, flow, general and fecal coliforms, turbidity surveying elevations, calculating water pressure on gravity fed systems
- Water systems design: a look at Commonweal Garden's water supply
- Fundamentals of grey water design
- Wastewater systems as examples and for hands on experience
- Basins of Relations, "Thinking Like a Watershed"
- Design clinic: Bring a background site map, photos and site assessment from your own project for possible use in this clinic
The more of the background info below you understand (or have been exposed to) before coming, the more you will get out of the workshop.
The following is worth reading all the way through:
(workshop participants may download the above items from this directory)
Greywater Site Assessment/System Checklist (PDF)
Eco Home Checklist (pdf)
Water Storage (book)
Create an Oasis with Grey Water (book)
This stuff will add more depth if you can scan or read any of it:
Join us at Commonweal Garden for this hands-on workshop and gain experience with Cob Construction and Natural Finishes. We will focus on the building of a small spiral cob structure, along with, the completion of a hybid straw structure - straw bale/light straw clay/straw wattle. We will explore the art of earthen plasters and learn the details of finishing a building to accomplish elegance, form and style. Other natural building techniques will also be explored.
- Siting a building
- Design considerations for natural buildings including details on foundations and drainage, living roof design, windows, doors, utilities, etc.
- Overview of various combinations of natural materials and how they behave
- Onsite round wood construction, cord wood, straw bale, light straw clay, straw wattle, wattle & daub, earthen paints and plasters
Hands on experience includes:
- Construction of a small cob structure
- Living roof design
- Making and applying natural finishes and plasters to earthen buildings
- Finishing details for a cord wood + cob structure
- Finishing details for a Straw Bale/ Light Straw Clay/ Straw Wattle Hybrid
On-site camping and organic meals are included in the course fees.
The water workshop starts at 5pm on Saturday, July 5, and ends at 5pm on Tuesday, July 8. We recommend arriving by 4pm on Saturday to set up camp and get oriented to the site.
The cob and earthen construction workshop starts at 9am on Wednesday, July 9, and ends at 5pm on Saturday, July 12. You are welcome to arrive on Tuesday, July 8 after 5pm to set up camp. (Dinner on Tuesday evening is not included.)
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