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[Cob] cob building design acceptanceOcean Liff-Anderson ocean at woodfiredeatery.com
Fri Oct 2 14:57:13 PDT 2009
I believe the reason British cob is square lies more in the fact that rectilinear design was the standard, and that after exhausting all the timbers on the isle the only material left to build with was the earth. The British (and British Columbians) recognize the strength and longevity of the cob due to their multi-century experience with cob buildings (many cob cottages in Devon were built in Medieval times) . Ianto and Cob Cottage Co teach that curvilinear walls are stronger than rectilinear. This may or may not be true. But I know for one that there is a "felt sense" of satisfaction, security, "hominess" in a Cob-Cottage-style curvilinear building that I just don't feel in square traditional (and even straw bale) structures. This may just be a bias, or I'm drinking the cool-aid offered by Ianto, but also I would suggest we all read the third section of "The Hand Sculpted House", written primarily by Linda Evans, which focuses on the healing and spiritual aspects of cob buildings. If it is too "woo- woo" for some, that's OK, but it does give greater context for Cob Cottage's rationale for curvilinear design. I would also suggest a reading of Christopher Alexander's "Pattern Language" which Ianto draws from extensively in his emphasis we design from the occupants perspective - rather than from traditional/ conventional mindset - which lends to an elegance and simplicity not found in conventional buildings. The Pattern Language helps explain why one can feel more complete in the Evan's 200 square foot Heart Cottage, but lost and alienated in your standard 4000 square foot "Sports Utility House" (to borrow Rob Bolman's term). Peace to all, Ocean Liff-Anderson Proprietor, FireWorks Restaurant Corvallis, Oregon http://FireWorksVenue.com > -----Original Message----- > From: coblist-bounces at deatech.com [mailto:coblist- > bounces at deatech.com] On > Behalf Of Damon Howell > Sent: Friday, October 02, 2009 10:47 AM > To: coblist at deatech.com > Subject: [Cob] cob building design acceptance > > Just to be simple on the attempt to get cob approved, how much does > the design (i.e. shape) of a cob house have to do with persuasion? > Cob homes here in the states are organic shaped whereas the ones I've > seen in Europe are more straight forward. Maybe a big reason for this > is the Cob Cottage Company's suggestion of designing your house > around your daily activities. I mean, if I were an inspector and > someone come to me with a design that had curved walls I would > automatically say it wasn't going to work. BUT, if the same person > came to me with a four-corner, straight walled design I'd be more > accepting of the plan, as long as I could see first hand the material > it was going to be built of. Why are Americans such "purists" and > want to build their "illegal" homes to look like something out of a > fairy tale? Besides it's cool and it's possible. I'm sure the English > recognized the plasticity of cob but they didn't push it beyond four > corners. > Damon in GA > > > _______________________________________________ > Coblist mailing list > Coblist at deatech.com > http://www.deatech.com/mailman/listinfo/coblist > > > > _______________________________________________ > Coblist mailing list > Coblist at deatech.com > http://www.deatech.com/mailman/listinfo/coblist
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