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Sustainable Hedonism and Natural Building

Feb 28th-March 4th 2011, Santa Barbara, CA


This workshop led by Natural Builder Massey Burke and ecological designer Art Ludwig will including lightweight, thin-shell, formless straw clay over stainless steel mesh, window forming, principles of sustainable hedonism.

We will connect the large-scale environmental challenges we face with the design of our homes and landscaping.


Suggested reading

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Art Ludwig's Bio (short)

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Art Ludwig has 42 years full-time experience with integrated design for water, wastewater, energy, shelter, human powered transport, finances, building codes, and policy. His specialty is complex, integrated "systems of systems."  Art has studied and worked in 27 different countries, attaining fluency in 5 languages. He has consulted for the states of New York, California, and New Mexico on water reuse policy and building codes, and given dozens of lectures and workshops. He has developed numerous innovations which have been adopted worldwide, incorporated in building codes, etc., all of which he has published unpatented into the public domain. These include the Laundry to Landscape and Branched Drain greywater systems.

He designed his own education in Ecological Systems Design, graduating from UC Berkeley. At Berkeley, he developed the first cleaners specifically designed to be biocompatible with plants and soil, and founded a successful business to manufacture and distribute them. Art has authored numerous articles as well as the books "Water Storage" "Principles of Ecological Design," and "Create an Oasis with Greywater."

The past several years Art has dedicated approximately a thousand hours a year to public interest research and sustainabilty policy activism.