Over the weekend we visited an eco-village in the CBD of Adelaide. Christie Walk is the brainchild of architect Paul Downton. It is situated on Sturt Street, near Whitmore Square, and is a fantastic example of sustainable living in high density areas. The eco-village was built on 1/2 acre (2,000 m2) by an enthusiastic group of people with no government support, using a mix of ecological materials. Among the 27 homes are two-story straw bale houses.
This place is jam packed with fantastic ideas for eco building not just in the country but on small blocks or a shared community space, so offers lots of ideas for new builds or retrofitting an existing building.
For more information on Christie Walk, including monthly tours and a resource pack, see www.urbanecology.org.au/christiewalk
For further exciting possibilities see earthship.com/
- Straw bale houses: More than fairy tales. (abc.net.au)
- Strawbale Design/Build (yestermorrowdesignbuild.wordpress.com)
- Betting on Green: Is it Possible to Build the Greenest Home in Canada and Still Make a Profit? One Entrepreneur is About to Find Out (prweb.com)
- The Straw Bale House (Real Goods Independent Living Book) (creativecloseup.com)
- Straw bale house (roadtowalden.wordpress.com)
- Someone didn’t learn from the story of the three little pigs… (blogs.discovermagazine.com)