Fairfield, IA December 19, 2013
As a continuation of the Sustainable Living Program at Maharishi University of Management where students learn how to build a tiny house, a group of 12 students studying natural building traveled to the Texas desert last month and spent 11 days putting up a 14 x 14 adobe house made primarily from local materials.
They first made 850 adobe bricks from soil near the construction site, created a frame of posts and beams from dead spruce trees harvested beforehand on campus, and then topped the structure with a waterproof thatched roof made of river cane.
"It really has an amazing feel," said course instructor Mark Stimson. "It's rectilinear and oriented toward the cardinal directions, and adobe walls give it an ancient, grounded feeling."