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WOFATI for three-season lecture hall, on rocky slope?  RSS feed

Joshua Myrvaagnes
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Location: Massachusetts, 6b, urban, nearish coast, 39'x60' minus the house, mostly shady north side, + lead.
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If I had magic powers and could move boulders with a single thought then it would certainly be an ideal place for a wofati. It's on a ginormous slope, and there isn't a lot of free straw bale right nearby, nor a lot of free sand.

There is however a lot of rock in that slope. This was glacial carve-out thingies , not hills (I forget the geological term, but technically it's not a hill. it's a place where there was a flat land and then the glacier pushed the soil out of the way leaving bare rock).

Also how would all that digging happen? a lot of earth moving equipment compacting a lot of soil. is that better than shipping in straw bale stuff or cob or maybe doing cordwood? we have a lot of clay, I think, not sure if it's enough to cob it up.

The other thing is that it's really only for three seasons. So, wouldn't it be nice if we could make a huge giant tent, seal the walls from mosquitoes and bears and tigers, have some kind of pee place and maybe even a pooper? could we do this in a way that has city folks feel comfortable? what material could you make a tent like that out of, canvas? and have some heating, maybe RMH kind of thing, if you cna do it in a tipi you can do it in a tent, right?

Lastly, the tradition we're coming from (that our purpose for building it comes from) is the Dagara of West Africca, they'd just meet outside if they were going to hae a large number of people gather. In fact, they'd be already outside anyway all day, unless it's the rainy season, in which case they wouldn't have a big ritual/meeting. Well, maybe if they had a funeral they'd have a way they'd handle that. OK, thanks, you helped me already. But anyway, in the Northeast here it gets cold, even late in April and early in October it can be 30 at night. Not quite the same as Africa. What seems like the best way to adapt? Thanks!

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