Archives for November 2009

Earthen Hand – Building Sustainably by Teaching Construction Techniques

Artist Scott Howard is a community resource whose sculptural architecture is often finished with earthen paints and plasters. Howard heads up Portland-based Earthen Hand Natural Building and is at the forefront of a growing movement of people promoting earthen building techniques.
In addition to designing and building the company’s architectural-scale sculptures, Howard contributes ceramic art, stained … Read More.

Portland Garden Cottages – Intimate Spaces from Recycled Building Materials


There’s an ongoing debate in my house over what constitutes a “too small” dwelling, so I’m always on the prowl to bolster my position that we can live well in small spaces. Evidence: The Portland Garden Cottages designed and built by Jeffrey Gantert and Brad Bloom.
Gantert and Bloom built two small, (364 square-feet) cottages from … Read More.