The man who created Cal-Earth – The California Institute of Earth Art and Architecture


Architect and author Nader Khalili developed the simple breakthrough building technologies known as Superadobe (sandbags and barbed wire) and Ceramic Houses, with the freely available material of earth, for almost thirty years. Inspired by the poetry of the 12th century mystic Rumi, who wrote in his native Persian language, Khalili served as a consultant to the U.N. (UNIDO) and a contributor to NASA, as well as directing the Architectural Research Program (ARP) at SCI-Arc (Southern California Institute of Architecture).

For his work in Earth and Ceramic Architecture since 1975, he received awards from organizations such as the CCAIA for “Excellence in Technology,” the U.N. and HUD for “Shelter for the Homeless,” the ASCE (Aerospace Division) for his work in lunar base building technology, and most recently the Aga Khan award for architecture for “Sandbag Shelter Prototypes”.

Through his work, Nader Khalili has inspired a global movement and left a rich body of philosophy, design and innovative construction technology. His work is continued at Cal-Earth Institute, as the basis for its research and educational mission.

Source: Sun Walked

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