I’m Kimberley, a writer, author, designer, artist, yoga and meditation instructor, music mixer, trained as an architect, living near Montréal, Canada.

The Modern House Bus is now available for order (published by The Countryman Press).

Nadukuppam Women’s Center

This was a project partnership with Architecture For Humanity and the Pitchandikulam Bio-Resource Centre of Auroville, India, for a community building for three local Women’s Self-Help Groups (WSHGs), located in Nadukuppam Village, Tamil Nadu, India.

Earth building techniques

The structure is constructed out of compressed stablized earth blocks (CSEBs), which are ecologically-friendly because they are made from soil dug from the immediate site, and produce none of the carbon emissions and deforestation associated with kiln-fired bricks. I was the architectural designer on this project, working closely with design architect Purnima McCrutcheon. Total cost: $5,711.

Above images: (1) Entry to Women’s Centre, (2) Exterior view during construction, (3) Underside of eave (4) Auroville Earth Institute training course: different earth types, making mortar, comparison of mortar, blocks drying, (5) the AURAM 3000 compressed earth block (CSEB) press, testing for strength, making an earth lintel, earth arch