Low-impact development housing is housing we consider for The Highest Good because it is more cost effective, lasts longer, and is built from resources that are readily available. We are operating as a sustainability think tank to demonstrate and build 7 different communal living mini-village models of 15-100 residences as examples and prototypes for self-sufficient and duplicable teacher/demonstration communities, villages and cities to be built around the world. Each village model will represent a different ecobuild methodology that incorporates food production, sustainable energy, and ultra-affordable and eco-friendly living. All village models are designed with four things in mind:
The seven different eco-approaches we are planning include earthbag, straw bale, cob, adobe brick/earth block, subterranean construction, earthship and bottle home/reclaimed materials construction, and tree-houses. Each village or “Pod” will have its own unique appeal and design in support of our 4-phase strategy for world change and creation of self-sufficient and self-replicating teacher/demonstration communities, villages, and cities that can be built in almost any environment and with a diversity of budget and design options. The Earthbag Village (Pod 1) is the simplest so we can start building immediately while we are simultaneously designing and applying for permits for the much more complex construction designs like the Straw Bale Village (Pod 2), the Pyramid Village, and Treehouse Village.
The foundations of our approach to demonstrating building and living beyond structure self-sustainability are:
|• It must be duplicable||• Theme based Village/Pod distinction|
|• Off-grid innovative energy saving designs||• Food production as part of each design|
|• Building as an expression of art and beauty||• Maximal use of sustainable building materials|
|• Maximal use of recycled and reclaimed materials||• Communal living vs. individual living structures|
|• Common area kitchens, computer rooms, etc.||• Cohesive building with nature, not over nature|
|• Community built for efficiency and socialization||• Compact living surrounded by tons of space|
|• Every new village built using a different eco-building method and renewable construction material|
|• Every new village used to create an easier to duplicable model of that building method through affiliation with materials providers, establishment of “simple order” complete-materials kits, step-by-step instructions for working with local governments and planning commissions, and a comprehensive archive of free and open source plans, instructional videos, and other tools and tutorials|
The foundational architectural plans for the Earthbag Village and Straw Bale Village are finished and we are now working on the details necessary for permitting. The rest of the village/pod designs will wait to have the creative input of the entire team (with consensus deciding the specifics) so every person that is a part of One Community can contribute to the artistic design, appearance, and location. Our initial goal is to house a minimum of 200+ full-time adult members and 50-100+ tourism/timeshare/scholarship/part-time residents. As each village/pod is completed, Community Pioneers will have the option to “upgrade” their ownership and provide their previous residence to incoming new community members and visitors allowing us to continue to offer free housing for new members as we grow proportionate to our infrastructure.
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POD #1 – Semi-subterranean Earthbag Village and Central Tropical Atrium
Theme: Root (1st) Chakra / Earth Element-“chi”&“tsuchi”-“tǔ”/ Red Accents /Earthbag Construction
The earthbag village (Pod 1) is designed to consist of seventy-two 150-200 square foot (14-19 sq meters) semi-subterranean earthbag “hotel room” style cabanas organized as seen above. These low-impact development bungalow-style buildings will connect with spoke like walkways into a central semi-subterranean 60 foot (18.3 meters) Diameter Tropical Atrium/Meditation Center housing flowers, herbs, and tropical fruit like papaya, mangos, and bananas. The Tropical Atrium will be heated by a combination of passive heat and recycling of the warm shower water from the earthbag village communal bathrooms.
The purpose of the earthbag village (Pod 1) is to demonstrate maximum affordability and a diversity of earthbag designs that will be able to be duplicated almost anywhere in the world without the need for permits. We will begin building earthbag village (Pod 1) within the first month as a living/rental pod for the initial Community Members, visitors, and students. This village is projected to take 18-24 months to complete and will provide our first rental residences as well as homes that our initial Community Members (The One Community Pioneers) will own if they remain members of the community for 18 months or longer. Click here for complete details.
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POD #2 – Straw Bale Village – Hacienda Style Straw Bale Construction – 56 units
Theme: Heart (4th) Chakra / Air Element -“fū” or “kaze” / Green Accents / Straw Bale Construction
The straw bale village (Pod 2) is being designed as a modularly expandable housing model for long-term resident housing and visitor rentals. It will begin as soon as the earthbag village (Pod 1) is complete and, once built, will be the largest straw bale construction in the world (2x the size of the current largest building). It will utilize approximately 20,000 straw bales to demonstrate a torus within a torus/circular design including 56 residences and 9 common areas: a common kitchen, computer room, laundry room, children’s art and playroom, reading room, meditation room, greenhouse, game room, and central fire pit and social area. The circular and semi-subterranean design of this village model is heating, cooling, and resource efficient with space for fruit trees and additional recreational areas. The circular design helps with temperature control in the center of the torus as well as keeping animals away from the orchard. Heat from the computer room, kitchen, and laundry facility will additionally contribute to temperature control in the greenhouse structure.
In the process of building this village we will demonstrate a system of straw bale homebuilding that is affordable and expandable. Using the torus design we will build the first few units to completion to show what is possible on the small scale, and then add onto those units to demonstrate how this style of communal housing could be expanded as a community expands, adding additional units as needed while simultaneously improving energy efficiency and creating a protected growing space in the center of the torus.
POD #3 – Cob and Rammed Earth Construction – 30 units
Theme: Solar Plexus (3rd) Chakra / Fire Element-“ka”&“hi”-“huǒ” / Yellow Accents / Cob Construction
Cob is an ancient building material composed of dirt, straw and water that may have been used for construction since prehistoric times. Some of the oldest man-made structures in Afghanistan are composed of rammed earth and cob and still standing! Pod 3 is being envisioned as 5 cob constructed multi-unit structures utilizing the remaining straw from Pod 2 to demonstrate what is possible with large-scale sustainability and cob.
The designs above feature a village built on a 15 degree slope, 5 structures with 6 units per structure, maximum use of passive solar, and an orientation that would allow for spectacular views of the surrounding area and a centrally located community outdoor fire-pit. As a guide for aesthetic individuality, these units will be built to represent the 3rd chakra, or navel center, and the element of fire (“ka” or “hi” in the Japanese system and “huǒ” in the Chinese system) with red and yellow accents to represent both fire and the chakra correlation with yellow.
POD #4 – Pyramid Pod – Earth Block Construction – 25 units
Theme: 3rd Eye (6th) Chakra / Sky-Void-Heaven – “kū”&“sora” / Indigo Accents /Earth Block Construction
Pod 4 is being planned as an example of sustainable innovation and creativity that will expand on the Auroville Earth Institute earth block structures pictured above to demonstrate a new level of artistic and functional creation for the eco-construction world as an appropriately designed earth brick pyramid and representation of the 6th/third eye chakra (also the element “kū” or “sora” meaning “sky,” “void” or “heaven” in the Japanese 5 element system). This pyramid will feature 25 living/rental spaces, shared common space kitchen, dining area, and a central greenhouse and reading/meditation area, indigo accents, and internal earth block decorative arches and pillars. This village is still in the early design phase.
POD #5 – Shipping Container and Semi-Subterranean Construction – 38 units
Theme: Crown (7th) Chakra / Element Metal-“jīn” / Purple Accents / Shipping Container Construction
Pod 5 is scheduled to be a semi-subterranean pod designed to demonstrate the affordability, beauty, and energy and materials efficiency of stacked shipping container construction. Some of these containers will be underground like the ones above and the rest will be stacked on top of these. This village is still in the early design phase.
POD #6 – Earthship Pod – Reclaimed Materials Construction – 40 units
Theme: Sacral (2nd) Chakra / Water Element –“sui”&“mizu”-“shuǐ” / Orange Accents / Earthship Construction
Right now we are planning to build the first-ever 40-home earthship. We will build the earthship from a combination of reclaimed materials with key features being passive heating and cooling, overall low-impact artistic design and violet accents. It will represent the 2nd/sacral chakra and elemental of water (sui” & “mizu” in the Japanese 5 element system and “shuǐ” in the Chinese system). Natural orange and red-rock accents will additionally distinguish this design. This village is still in the early design phase.
POD #7 – Tree House Pod – 30 units
Theme: Throat (5th) Chakra / Element Wood-“mù” / Blue Accents / Tree House Construction
This pod will most likely be the final village completed, but we would like to start on this village as soon as possible as it will be the treehouse pod representing the 5th, or throat, chakra that is Ether in the hindu system and wood or “mù” in the Chinese system. We are currently thinking of 30 interconnected residences built as one massive treehouse for maximum space utilization and structural integrity. This village is still in the early design phase.