Monday, December 7, 2009

Moving Earth

Architect Malcolm Wells (March 11, 1926–Nov 27, 2009), pictured below in a photo by Jay Elliott, championed a philosophy of "gentle architecture" as a way to preserve or restore the natural environment.

Wells advocated earth-sheltered architectural techniques such as building into the sides of hills or underground, with skylights to let the sun in, allowing rooftops to be covered with plants, gardens, and even ponds. He published many books, including The Earth-Sheltered House, which is still in print.

Get more info at and read last weekend's New York Times' obituary here.

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