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A creative blog by Arthur Kegerreis on The Whole 9

Arthur Kegerreis – aka Liberal Art, aka Himat Singh – is interested in way too many things, although curiosity has not killed this cat yet. In LA for 14 years now, he has lived in NYC; VT; Amherst, MA; Santa Fe; Madison, WI; and grew up on Long Island. Arthur has been a cabinetmaker, guitar maker, Kundalini Yoga Teacher, Pilates instructor, graphic designer, composer, and playwright, though he now spends most of his time taking photos, writing songs, making video art, and building websites. Having fought his night-owlish tendencies all his life, he is fascinated by the creative process, so jump in and talk shop into the wee hours…or not.

Super Adobe and Affordable Housing for the New Millenium

Recently, I stumbled upon the work of “The Cal-Earth Institute,” a small enclave of atypical desert adobe domes near the infamous Deep Creek Hot Springs and Adelanto Detention Center, along the highway to Barstow. )

Here’s a short clip about their work:

Here’re some of the structures built by their alumni:…

They seem like something from a Hobbit Village, and are steeped with tons more character than the bland cookie-cutter housing developments that are springing up across the Mohave Desert, even in the lots adjacent to the Institute.

The organization was founded by an architect who hoped to find a way to offer affordable housing to communities anywhere. The super adobe buildings are constructed of a series of sandbags filled with local earth, tied together with barbwire, formed into arches and domes, and covered with adobe. They claim they can withstand severe earthquakes without problem, and anyone can learn to build them cheaply and efficiently.

They have open houses nearly every month, or group visits can be arranged. I hope to check them out more thoroughly in the near future. Until I can report more, check out their website and facebook page:…

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