NEWS FROM THE REAL WORLD
 

name:  James Avery
email:  j.t.avery@sms.ed.ac.uk
subject:  Your ideals in real life.

I am doing a disssertation on two places which I believe are trying - in some respects - to follow the ideals you are espousing - Poundbury Village in England, commissioned by Prince Charles, and Disney's Celebration. Both are very community focused - but then you may well argue Celebration, being an example of complete corporate control is much worse than any 'normal' village.

Any pointers to other 'real life' settlements could always help\ in my research, I'd be glad to debate the issue over e-mail with anyone who wants to. James Avery, University of Edinburgh
Dept of Architecture

December25. 1998
Kevin & Donna, dphilipp@eatel.net,
Voluntary Creative Simplicity & the BELL

Hi, just a short note about what we are doing. When we met in 1992, Donna and I were looking for another way to live, outside of the entanglement and consumeristic society.   Since then we've made incredible progress and feel motivated to share our discoveries. In reading about earth-friendly alternatives we came across the idea of a simple dwelling called the B.E.L.L. (biogenic ecodesic living lighthouse).  It is a 309 sq ft 8-sided, circular dwelling that contains 22 windows all the way around. Construction cost less than $5000. It facilitates a healthy lifestyle in communion with nature, and minimizes fuel and utility costs. One can actually live in a BELL without the need of electricity, or at least, rely on a PV system only. Heat is by wood stove. The major advantage is the use of space and the ability to grow indoor greens, such as wheatgrass, buckwheat and sunflower, because of the abundance of fresh air and light. The indoor greens make up 50% of our diet, thereby reducing our food bill significantly. We are able to minimize the need for a large kitchen and garden, are able to catch rainwater, which also reduced our need for installing a well or relying on city/rural water hookup. We are hoping others are intersted in this unique life-generating lifestyle that promotes ecological and environmental responsibility.