Tour Cal-Earth with Transition Joshua Tree
Saturday, June 1
Join Transition Joshua Tree’s friend and fan Hooman Fazly for a tour of his inspirational workplace – the California Institute of Earth Art and Architecture. We will see the developmental history behind Cal Earth’s work, recent innovations, and perrmaculture solutions such as swales and greywater systems. Plus — we’ll check out Cal-Earth’s experiments with creating and using thermal mass rocket stoves. [ Learn more about Cal-Earth. ]
Cal-Earth regularly hosts an open house on this day. We will begin our tour before the ten am start time of the open house.
8:00 — Leave from Food for Less parking lot in YV. Carpooling encouraged!
9:30 — Tour with Hooman Fazly begins
11:30 — Lecture given by Dastan Khalili & Sheefteh Khalili (children of Cal-Earth creator Nader Khalili), along with guest speakers
1:00 — Optional Potluck lunch. Participate by contributing either a dish (for four to five people), or donate cash
2:00 — Approximate leave time for Yucca Valley.
Note: Please be willing to donate $5 per person to Cal-Earth as thanks for the tour!
Cal-Earth is at the cutting edge of Earth Architecture technologies today. Its scope spans technical innovations published by NASA for lunar and Martian construction, to housing design and development for the world’s homeless for the United Nations. The Cal-Earth houses and infrastructure are easily constructed by unskilled labor, using available on-site earthen material, local supplies of sandbags and barbed wire, and usually a locally produced stabilizer (lime, cement, or asphalt). Hands-on team work molds the solutions for sustainable development, while integrating indigenous, traditional forms, patterns, and colors.
About the Tour Leader
Hooman Fazly received his BA in Architecture from UC Berkeley. Working his way up from a 2004 start as a long-term apprentice at Cal-Earth, Hooman currently serves as Technical Director and Senior Instructor at the famed institute. Travels for international builds in locales such as Sierra Leone and Oman. He lives in Apple Valley and plans to build himself a dome in Joshua Tree one day.