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Iliona Outram Khalili and Julian Faulkner

Getting Grounded – Super Adobe construction using the earth under our feet

Series: AA Community Cluster Lunchtime Talk
Date: 1/3/2012
Time: 13:15:00
Venue: New Soft Room
Running time: 0 mins
Super Adobe is a rammed earth technology, pioneered and developed by the late Iranian architect and author Nader Khalili. This malleable form of construction allows for a range of versatile structures and is particularly suited to the creation of earth domes, which are environmentally friendly, ecologically sound, affordable, flood-, fire- and earthquake-resistant with excellent sound and thermal insulation. Iliona Outram Khalili and Julian Faulkner will describe the construction process and provide an insight into the benefits of building with earth.

Iliona Outram Khalili
is a graduate of the AA, and served from 1991 an extended apprenticeship in the humanitarian goals of Cal-Earth (California Institute of Earth Art and Architecture), a nonprofit organisation founded by Nader Khalili, becoming a director anda ‘master builder’. She worked closely with her late husband, particularly on ‘Emergency Sandbag Shelter and Eco-Villages’, which shows how to use sandbags and barbed wire – the materials of war – for peaceful construction purposes for temporary and permanent shelter. She now focuses entirely on the work of Ansari Sustainable Living, assisting in the building of Sustainable Living Eco-Villages around the world.

Julian Faulkner
, co-founder and CEO of Small Earth Ltd, constructed the first Super Adobe building in Europe for the Philippe Rothier Foundation pour L’Architecture in Brussels in 2005. Shortly afterwards he took Small Earth to Nepal where he designed and built an eco-village of more than 50 domes to house street children, their carers and staff. He built the first Super Adobe composting toilet in the UK at the Pestolozzi International Village in Sussex and more recently completed an earth-form amphitheatre and contoured playscape incorporating the UK’s largest earth-dome complex at Hounslow Heath Infants School in West London.

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