When studying Roman architecture, Cal-Earth Institute of Earth Art and Architecture in Hesperia, California, is the best place to learn about the arch. It is a kid's playground because it is so much fun; but while having fun, they also learn something: "The arch is strong." Following are a lot of pictures from our adventures.
Playing on the arches:
Learning about sustainable living in dome structures that you can make yourself out of earth:
Climbing on the dome houses:
Or in the structure:
Or on the structure:
Some other structures:
The domes are made of sandbags filled with earth, piled into the shape of domes:
Sandbags are held together with barbed wire, like velcro:
Ways to bring in air and light:
Don't ever get caught saying the D-word (dirt):
A reading nook:
Demonstrating how strong an arch can be compared to a perpendicular frame:
A structure built by children in a day:
Some structures are covered in these:
A sky light:
This structure is made of bricks and has a special quality
if you stand in the center and speak. It echoes.
Our guide showing how to build an arch using bricks:
And now the kids try:
And test it:
The exteriors of other domes:
And finally, the three bedroom, two bath, two car garage structure with radiated heating and wind scoops:
"THE ARCH IS STRONG!"