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Earthbag Village – One Community Pod 1

The earthbag architecture village (Pod 1) is the first of seven different sustainable village models to be built. The earthbag village was chosen as the first village to be built because we believe it will be the most affordable and easy to duplicate. It demonstrates the earthbag method of construction along with many eco-artistic external and functional internal options. This page contains the following sections related to the earthbag village:

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WHAT IS AN EARTHBAG VILLAGE

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The One Community Earthbag Village | Concept Render (click to enlarge)

Some of the key features and intentions for the Earthbag Village design include:

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Earthbag Village Layout – Click to Enlarge

Here are the three different layouts (click each to enlarge): 6-Dome Cluster, 3-Dome Cluster, and ADA 3-Dome Cluster:

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Here is a 3-D interactive experience of the 3-Dome Cluster:

Earthbag Village 3-Dome Cluster Cross-section by One Community – Created by Gilberto Martini de Oliveira

Here is a 3-D interactive experience of the 6-Dome Cluster:

Earthbag Village 6-Dome Cluster Cross-section by One Community – Created by Gilberto Martini de Oliveira

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Here is a 3-D interactive experience of the central Tropical Atrium:

Central Atrium for the Earthbag Village by One Community – Created by Gilberto Martini de Oliveira

Here is a 3-D interactive experience of the communal shower:

Communal Eco-showers for the Earthbag Village by One Community – Created by Gilberto Martini de Oliveira

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WHY AN EARTHBAG VILLAGE

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CONSULTANTS ON THE EARTHBAG VILLAGE DESIGN

Adolpho MaiaMechanical Engineering Student
Amauri Tavares
Bachelors of Science and Technology and Aerospace Engineering Student
Amira Kessem
: Mechanical Engineering Student in Israel
Ana Flavia Almeida: Architecture and Urban Planning Student
Antonio ZambiancoCivil Engineering Student
Beatriz Michel RochaMechanical Engineering Student
Betty Lenora
: Earthbuilding Instructor and Author
Biko Casini: Sustainable Building Expert, Permaculturalist, and Journeyman Mason
Bupesh Seethala: Architectural Drafter & Designer, BS Electrical Engineering
Da Ku: Mechanical Engineer (www.kudakk.com)
Dennis Wohlfeil: Earth Builder, Sustainable Technologies Expert, and administrator of  TerraForm.org
Devin Porter: 3D Graphics Design Specialist
Diogo RozadaCivil Engineering Student Specializing in Hydraulics
Doug Pratt: Solar Systems Design Engineer (see our Energy Infrastructure Hub)
Douglas Simms Stenhouse
: Architect and Water Color Artist
Eric Puro: Sustainable Builder and Co-founder of ThePOOSH.org
Erika Yumi TamashiroArchitecture and Urban Design Student
Fernando CarvalhoMechanical Engineering Student
Gabriel MadeiraIndustrial Design Student with a Technical in Graphic Design
Gilberto Martini de Oliveira3D Animation Design Student
Israel SilvaElectrical Engineering Student
Izadora CarvalhoCivil Engineering Student
Jorge Antonio RicardoMechanical Engineering Student
Matheus ManfrediniCivil Engineering Student specializing in Urban Design
Mayke BalbinoArchitecture and Urban Design Student
Mike Creedy: Earthbuilder and Electrical Engineer (FloridaDomeHome.com)
Philip Gill: Interior and Furniture Designer and Owner of Philip Gill Design
Renata MaeharaCivil Engineering Student and AutoCAD Drafter
Robert Seton: Solar Design Engineer and Owner of Solar Hybrid Design
Ron Payne: Mechanical Engineer and HVAC / Thermal Designer
Sal Rubio: Industrial Designer 
Samuel Soroaster: Permaculturalist, Sustainable Builder, PhD, and founder of Green New World
Sayonara Batista de OliveiraArchitecture and Urban Planning Student
Scott Howard: Sustainable Building Expert and Owner of Earthen Hand Natural Building
Scott Thomas and the Shadow Ridge Signature Architecture Program
Shadi KennedyArtist and Graphic Designer
Sheng XuMechanical Engineer
Song DongM.S. in Mechanical Engineering
Welma Nascimento: Chemical Engineering Student

 

EARTHBAG VILLAGE OPEN SOURCE PORTAL

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ADDITIONAL EARTHBAG VILLAGE DETAILS

The village and bungalows will include the following additional features:

Once Pod 2 is complete, this pod will ultimately serve as a rental, student housing, and/or new Community Member living Pod.

 

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SUMMARY

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FREQUENTLY ANSWERED QUESTIONS

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

Please take a look at each of these additional pages: (click icons)

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Q: Will the individual units have electricity?

Yes, the individual units will have electricity. See our energy infrastructure details page for more information.

Q: How long will it take to build the entire village?

Please see the Earthbag Village Time Investment Page.

Q: Why are the living units so small?

  1. To demonstrate maximally affordable housing
  2. To demonstrate maximally space and resource efficient housing
  3. To demonstrate a size most people in other US counties will be able to build without permits
  4. The purpose of these living units is primarily for sleeping and intimacy – socialization areas, entertainment rooms, recreation space, kitchens, etc. are instead incorporated elsewhere (see the Duplicable City Center, Tropical Atrium, etc.) and the fulfilled living model and other design elements of One Community is focused on providing an unparalleled diversity of options for both active lifestyles and private spaces for retreat and relaxation

Q: If One Community is supposed to be an example community to get the mainstream interested and for others to duplicate, how will you motivate people to live in low-tech residences like earthbag houses? 

We expect the lifestyle One Community provides will be the primary motivator (initially). The Duplicable City Center also caters to those wanting a more “high-tech” living environment. The Straw Bale Village (Pod 2) is also a much more high-tech approach.

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Q: How much will it cost to build the entire village?

Please see the materials list and cost analysis page for these details.

Q: How far will individual units be from the Duplicable City Center Hub (dining and recreation hall)?

The earthbag village will be built within a 10-minute relaxed walk of the Duplicable City Center.

Q: What is the bathroom and shower to living-unit ratio, and how far are they from the homes?

For this seventy-two unit village there are 24 bathroom stalls and 20 showers built into the layout. The units the farthest away from the showers are about 120 ft (36.58 m) away. The units the farthest away from the bathrooms are about 150 ft (45.72 m) away.

Q: Why is the village designed to fit on only 1 acre?

With the growing population of the planet, we see maximizing space efficiency as an essential component of sustainability. From a Highest Good society perspective, we also see people choosing to live closely together versus distancing themselves as a growth and communication opportunity. Other reasons for this choice include:

  • Makes replication easier
  • Reduces environmental impact
  • Lowers costs for energy and plumbing infrastructure
  • Lowers costs for road infrastructure needed for fire code
  • Maximizes space for food forest creation and other purposes
  • Places all homes closer to the communal bathrooms and showers
  • For properties (like ours) that are zoned agricultural and commercial, property taxes are based on the specific use of the land. The higher the agricultural-use to residential-use ratio, the lower property taxes will be

Q: How will privacy be addressed with the dome clusters being so close together?

Privacy will be addressed primarily through grouping of like-minded people and communication with each other. The domes construction also makes them very good for containing sound and easy to make private by pulling shades. It is also important to note that additional private spaces, socialization spaces, and recreation spaces are all within a short walk.

Q: How do persons living in poverty go about building the communities that One Community suggests?

Our goal is to keep bringing the prices down for those who want to build with their own funds while also providing enough financial benefit for investors so that they’ll fund building them also. Both cases will provide opportunity for those who have nothing but time and labor to contribute.

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 Earthbag Village was designed thinking of the Root (1st) Chakra from Hinduism and Tantric Buddhism and the Earth Element (“chi” & “tsuchi”) from the Japanese 5-elements philosophy. These ideas coincided with the earth building material and the focus of maximal affordability and durability. The associated color of “red” 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 Highest Good for AllOpen Source, Sustainability, and Community.

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 renders and design drawings for the Earthbag Village:

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Initial drawing and renders by Douglas Simms Stenhouse, Architect and Water Color Artist

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Aerial Rendering of Pod 1

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Earthbag Construction Village Original Layout Design (no 6-dome clusters)

Pod 1 Perspective Rendering Viewed from the Perimeter

Initial renders by Devin Porter (3D Graphics Design Specialist) and Bupesh Seethala (Architectural Drafter & Designer)

Earthbag Village with Sketchup Plants

Complete Earthbag Village Layout with Palm Tree Planting Plan

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Earthbag Village with Palm Tree Planting Plan

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Earthbag Village Central Ring with Palm Tree Planting Plan

Initial furniture design by Philip Gill, Interior and Furniture Designer and Owner of Philip Gill Design

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Fold-up Murphy Bed for Maximum Space Efficiency – Click to Enlarge

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Shared Room Furniture Designs, Another Image of the Murphy Bed, and the Murphy Bed in a Dome Showing the Loft

Net-zero toilet designs by Samuel Soroaster, Permaculturalist, Sustainable Builder, PhD, and founder of Green New World

Vermiculture Bathroom, Eco-toilet, Net-zero Bathroom, Communal Showers

Vermiculture Toilet, Net-zero Toilet, and Communal Shower Locations – Click for the Open Source Hub

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