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Earth Block Village – One Community Pod 4

The Compressed Earth Block Village (Pod 4) will demonstrate a new level of artistic and functional creation for the eco-construction world. Built from compressed earth bricks/blocks, this village will demonstrate the durability, affordability, and creative potential that is possible with this ultra-sustainable building method. Being planned as a beautiful and creative education and health and wellness retreat village, the Compressed Earth Block Village incorporates a 2-story half-moon design with 10 treatment rooms, 4 classrooms, 2 meeting halls, kitchen and dining for 150+ people, laundry for 300+ and a diversity of rooftop and outdoor recreation and relaxation areas.

It will be the 4th of the 7 villages planned and open source and free-shared in complete detail. This page contains the following sections related to the Compressed Earth Block Village:

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WHAT IS A COMPRESSED EARTH BLOCK VILLAGE

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The One Community Compressed Earth Block Village | Concept Render (click to enlarge)

To put into perspective what is possible with earth blocks, here are some examples of the types of blocks that can be made with a earth block press.

Compressed Earth Blocks from the Auram 3000

Compressed Earth Block Diversity Possible with the Auram 3000 – click for info PDF

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CONSULTANTS ON THE EARTH BLOCK VILLAGE DESIGN

Aparna TandonArchitect – Creator of the complete landscape design for this village
Douglas Simms Stenhouse
: Architect and Water Color Artist
Erika Yumi TamashiroArchitecture and Urban Design Student
Guy Grossfeld: Graphic Designer
Hamilton MatecaAutoCAD and Revit Drafter and Designer
Nelli LeventalMFA of Graphic Design and College Professor
Pedro Borba: Architecture and Urban Planning Student
Sarah Felippe: Architect and Masters of Urban Design Student
Sayonara Batista4th-year Architecture and Urban Planning Student
Shilcy AugustineArchitect
Victor Oliveira: Architecture and Urban Planning Student

 

WHY AN EARTH BLOCK VILLAGE

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In addition to this, the Earth Block Village is expected to house our first full-time health and wellness-provider community members. Living in these residences, there should be sufficient need that a full-time Dentist, General Practitioner, Optometrist, Nurse, Yogi, Massage Therapist, and/or other health related members of One Community (if they so desire) will be able to contribute 100% of their community contribution time to applying and sharing their health and wellness skills. Wherever possible, they will also help contribute open source classes and other learning opportunities we’ll offer as part of our positive global transformation goals and Highest Good Education program.

We will open source share this village with all the same details, and level of detail, used in the Earthbag Village and Straw Bale Village to provide another self-sufficient and self-replicating teacher/demonstration community, village, and city option for community living, eco-tourism establishment, and global propagation and education.

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Compressed Earth Block Village – Work in Progress

ADVANTAGES OF THIS BUILDING METHOD

The advantages of earth block construction are many:

  1. A local material (Materials to make earth blocks are plentiful and can often be found locally reducing transportation costs and environmental impact. Earth blocks can often be made at the construction site which eliminates the need to transport the materials required to build the walls.)
  2. A bio-degradable material
  3. Helps with management of resources and limits deforestation
  4. Energy efficiency and eco friendliness
  5. Cost efficiency
  6. An adapted material
  7. A transferable technology
  8. Market opportunity
  9. Long lasting (Earthen homes have been around for thousands of years. Earth Blocks will last for centuries. Average life of a wood frame building is 70 years.)
  10. Reducing imports
  11. Flexible production scale
  12. Social acceptance
  13. Earth buildings provide better noise control
  14. Earth construction is economically beneficial
  15. Earth construction is environmentally sustainable
  16. Earth construction is regarded as a job creation opportunity
  17. Earth construction promotes local culture, heritage, and material
  18. Earth is available in large quantities in most regions
  19. Earth is very good in fire resistance
  20. Earth walls (loam) absorb pollutants
  21. Easy to design with and high aesthetic value
  22. It balances and improves indoor air humidity and temperature
  23. It encourages self-help construction
  24. It requires simple tools and less skilled labor
  25. Loam preserves timber and other organic materials
  26. Provide a nice place to live and work (Earth Block structures are warm, solid, and quiet. It has been described as having a warm comfortable blanket wrapped around you)
  27. Environmentally sound (Earth Block structures can use up to 20 to 30% less energy to heat and cool than concrete block or wood frame structures. Dirt is a renewable resource that is plentiful. Earth Blocks take very little energy to make compared to the extreme heat necessary to make cement, the firing process required to make bricks, and the deforestation required to build with wood. Earth Block walls are sound proof, fire proof, bullet proof, bug proof, and mold proof)
  28. Non-Toxic (Since the blocks are made from natural material they do not out-gas any toxic chemicals)

LIMITATIONS/DISADVANTAGES OF THIS BUILDING METHOD

Compressed earth block construction also has some limitations:

  1. Proper soil needs: improper soil can’t be used to make earth blocks because each material used for the earth block has to be well proportioned to make the blocks work. Untrained teams or lack of proper material will produce low-quality bricks
  2. Foundation needs: A compressed earth block wall requires at least 25 cm (10”) thick and 33% wider than the wall width
  3. Structural limitations: Wide spans, high & long building are difficult to do (Due to the weight of the Compressed Earth Block structures are mostly limited to two stories unless a reinforced concrete skeleton is used and Earth Blocks are used as infill)
  4. Low technical performances compared to concrete
  5. Over-stabilization through fear or ignorance about this building method can lead to poor designs
  6. Under-stabilization resulting in low quality products
  7. Bad quality or un-adapted production equipment
  8. Low social acceptance due to failed examples (due to unskilled people, bad soil and/or equipment)
  9. Earth construction is labor intensive
  10. CEB houses behave poorly in the event of earthquakes
  11. Special skills needed for plastering
  12. Creating earth blocks onsite is very economical and sustainable, transporting them decreases this
  13. Suitable for small structures but larger spaces will require additional construction to be achievable

ADDITIONAL EARTH BLOCK VILLAGE DETAILS

Renders and detailed descriptions of all the other featured aspects of this village are coming…

More coming soon….

And Guy Grossfeld (Graphic Designer) created this Final Compressed Earth Block Village Front Area Looking Southeast render.

The One Community Compressed Earth Block Village – Final Render – Main Entryway Looking Southeast

Hamilton Mateca (AutoCAD and Revit Drafter and Designer) also finished his 33rd week helping with the Compressed Earth Block Village (Pod 4) design and render details. This week’s focus was producing this final Kitchen Render Looking Northwest.

The One Community Compressed Earth Block Village – Final Render – Kitchen Render Looking Northwest

 

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SUMMARY

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Q: Where can I get more information about your philosophies for world change?

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Q: What were the initial inspirations for these designs?

With 7 villages to be designed, and a desire for artistic and unique appearances that also had a deeper relationship to the purpose/intent of each village, we drew inspiration from the 7-chakra system from Hinduism and Tantric Buddhism and the Japanese 5-elements philosophy. The Earth Block Village was designed thinking of and researching the 3rd Eye (6th) Chakra from Hinduism and Tantric Buddhism and the element of Sky-Void-Heaven (“kū” & “sora”) from the Japanese 5-elements philosophy. The associated color of “indigo” helped develop the color palette for this village and we further aligned, diversified, and distinguished the purpose and intent of the village by looking at One Community’s core values and focusing on the values of ContributionPersonal Growth, and Honesty & Integrity.

Note: One Community does not endorse or subscribe to any one spiritual philosophy. You can read more about our philosophy on spirituality and religion on our Spirituality Page

Here are some of the initial concept drawings done for the Earth Block Village:

First designs were pyramid designs drawn by Nelli Levental, MFA of Graphic Design and College Professor for Classes in Sustainable Design. These designs were ultimately abandoned due to compressed earth block limitations for structure height and the inefficiency of space use in pyramid designs.

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Initial Earth Block Pyramid Designs

Erika Yumi TamashiroPedro Borba, and Victor Oliveira, three Architecture and Urban Planning interns, then worked with our team to create the foundations for what we have now.

Erika, Pedro, and Victor from the Architecture and Planning Intern Team started designing the Compressed Earth Block Village (Pod 4). For this, they researched fabrication, construction techniques, and structural behavior of earth blocks. Then, they determined some initial concepts for this village based on a central theme and created preliminary sketches.

Initial Brainstorming for the Earth Block Village Redesign

Erika, Pedro, and Victor from the Architecture and Planning Intern Team improved their preliminary designs of the Compressed Earth Block Village (Pod 4) to include the best solar orientation during the Winter Solstice and began designing the village in Revit. They also updated the final lighting design reports for both the Duplicable City Center and the Earthbag Village.

The Earth Block Village Initial 3-D Render

Erika, Pedro, and Victor from the Architecture and Planning Intern Team brought the architecture design for the Compressed Earth Block Village (Pod 4) to 80% completion, which included adding the layouts for the kitchen, bedroom, bathroom and public restroom. They also started creating images of the exterior facade.

The Earth Block Village further evolving in 3-D and the first AutoCAD Designs