The ceramic house may solve Filipinos' problems

Bolido, Linda
October 2005
Ecos;Oct/Nov2005, Issue 127, p14
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This article reports on the ceramic house designed by Nader Khalili, the awarded California-based architect/author and teacher of Iranian-American earth architecture. Khalili says that his ceramic house and earth architecture techniques are a quick, inexpensive way to build mass shelters for calamity victims. But it was a young Filipino entrepreneur, Illac Diaz, who found Khalili's architectural innovations suitable for the Philippines, where, even without natural and man-made disasters, housing and classroom shortages are acute. Mentored by Khalili himself, Diaz is showing that the Earthbag Construction System is proving to be fast, inexpensive, sturdy and environmentally friendly. Diaz is the Executive Director of My Shelter Foundation, which looks for uncommon solutions for common problems. He pointed out that the old Filipino construction technologies, using wood, cane, stones and other forest products, are no longer suitable and practical given the country's severe deforestation. Diaz's technology, however, which is an adaptation of Khalili's Earthbag ceramic house method, uses material found right under people's feet, soil. Other materials used are straw sacks and barbed wire for structural support, water pipes, oil drums for windows, and a little cement.


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