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March 2008 - [Sustainable Concepts] Stop Credit Card Offers and the Eco-Dome
Sustainable Concepts )
Design Forward Newsletter March 2008, vol. 60
in this issue
  • Cal-Earth and the Eco-Dome
  • Stop Credit Card Junk Mail
  • Happy Birthday, Design Forward
  • Feedback


    Welcome to the March 2008 newsletter from Design Forward. Please take some time to enjoy this month's features.

    Quote of the Month: "The Earth does not belong to us; we belong to the Earth."

    Lisa A. Swan

    Cal-Earth and the Eco-Dome

    At the California Institute of Earth Art and Architecture (Cal-Earth), a school founded by the Iranian-born designer, Nader Khalili in 1986, students can learn about building simple "tree-free" projects that use just the basics - earth and water. Khalili developed a patented system called Superadobe, a technique of stacking sand bags layered with barbed wire to form a structure - preferably the most basic ancient forms of domes, beehives, vaults, and arches.

    One of his basic buildings is the Eco-Dome, a small 400 square foot (interior space) series of domes built with Superadobe. The Cal-Earth website outlines some of the features of the Eco-Dome house:

    • Built from local earth-filled Superadobe coils (soil-cement or lime-stabilized earth)
    • Tree free
    • Can be repeated and joined together to form larger homes and courtyard houses
    • Can be built by a team of 3-5 persons
    • Designed with the sun, shade and wind in mind for passive cooling and heating
    • Wind-scoop can be combined with a rated furnace unit, depending on local code approval. Solar energy and radiant heating may be incorporated
    • Interior furniture can be built-in with same material

    The Cal-Earth website has info on purchasing Stock Plans of the Eco-Dome and the Earth One 3-bedroom home.

    Article Lisa A. Swan. Picture calearth.org
    Article Reference: Eco-Dome

    Stop Credit Card Junk Mail

    The official service that brought us AnnualCreditReport.com and DoNotCall.gov, there is now a way to stop the endless credit card offers coming to your mail box - OptOutPrescreen.com

    These pre-approved credit card offers are not only junk mail; they can also be a financial disaster. One major problem: identity theft. Others can fill them out and have credit cards sent to them and start spending. (Even if you don't opt-out, you should be shredding these offers, instead of just tossing them in the trash.)

    Opting out is just a click away. You can opt-out for five years through the website or permanently through mailing in a paper form. The only info needed is your name, address, date of birth, and social security number.

    Article Lisa A. Swan

    Happy Birthday, Design Forward

    Happy Birthday! March 1, 2008 marks Design Forward's 6th year in business. We want to thank everyone who has supported us so far. We look forward to continuing our work in the sustainable and green community for many more years.


    Design Forward works toward promoting Sustainable Design. If you know of a project that should be featured, please contact us. Let us know why you think it should be featured and give us a basic intro to the project, the sustainable elements and any websites or contact information.

    If you would like to submit a fun and/or entertaining quote about architecture, building, the environment or such, send it in! If it at all possible, include the author.

    If you have any other feedback concerning this publication, please feel free to send an email or use the form.

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