My Talk/Slideshow: “50 Years of Natural Building” This Weekend at Maker Faire

I actually started building in 1960 (above is my first building in 1961, in Mill Valley, California, a studio with what is now called a “living roof”) and soon thereafter started shooting photos and interviewing builders for our series of books on handmade housing. In those days we didn’t call it “natural building,” but that’s what it was. In our book Shelter in 1973, a section of the book was devoted to these materials: wood, adobe, stone, straw bale, thatch, and bamboo. I guess we were natural before it was called “natural.”

A month or so ago, Cheryl Long, the editor at The Mother Earth News, asked me if I could do a talk on natural building at the TMEN fair in Albany, Oregon (near Corvallis) on the first weekend in June. As I was getting the materials together, the MakerFaire asked if I could do a presentation at their annual event in San Mateo California, which is coming up this weekend.

I have selected photos from our five major building books, and will be doing a presentation at noon this Saturday (May 16, 2015) on the Maker Square stage in the Homegrown Village section of the fair.

Here are links to the fair and to my presentation:

https://makerfaire.com/maker/entry/51460/

https://makerfaire.com/bay-area-2015/schedule/


It’s been an interesting editing process to select about 100 out of more than 6000 photos in our building books.

We will have a booth there and be selling our building books at a discount.

Whether you come to my talk or not, I heartily recommend the MakerFaire. This will be the fifth one we’ve attended and there are good vibes throughout. Although the robots and math/science subjects are predominant (kids love all this), there are also the more earthy subjects such as making sauerkraut, raising chickens, and building homes in the Homegrown Village section.They cover it all.

There are 10s of 1000s of people driving there, so it’s good to plan parking:

https://makerfaire.com/wp-content/uploads/2015/04/MF15_Map_Parking_Public_v2.pdf

I generally GPS it to 1875 South Grant (#3 on map) and walk.

About Lloyd Kahn

Lloyd Kahn started building his own home in the early '60s and went on to publish books showing homeowners how they could build their own homes with their own hands. He got his start in publishing by working as the shelter editor of the Whole Earth Catalog with Stewart Brand in the late '60s. He has since authored six highly-graphic books on homemade building, all of which are interrelated. The books, "The Shelter Library Of Building Books," include Shelter, Shelter II (1978), Home Work (2004), Builders of the Pacific Coast (2008), Tiny Homes (2012), and Tiny Homes on the Move (2014). Lloyd operates from Northern California studio built of recycled lumber, set in the midst of a vegetable garden, and hooked into the world via five Mac computers. You can check out videos (one with over 450,000 views) on Lloyd by doing a search on YouTube:

One Response to My Talk/Slideshow: “50 Years of Natural Building” This Weekend at Maker Faire

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