The EconoSpace frame before closing in

On a recent visit to Adelaide I delivered my ‘Invisible Architecture’ presentation, probing the heart of what ‘architecture’ actually is.
If we examine the dictionary definition of ‘architecture’ we discover …


|ˈärkiˌtekCHər| noun

1. the art or practice of designing and constructing buildings – the style in which a building is designed or constructed, esp. with regard to a specific period, place, or culture 2. the complex or carefully designed structure of something

… hmmm, according to that architecture is something we do, not something we make. The buildings which result from this ‘doing’ are not ‘architecture’ per se but are, in fact, ‘artworks’ because the practice of architecture is an art. So, where does that leave us?

Spring Into Action!

Creating Sacred Space with Stone Circles and Labyrinths with Alanna Moore
Saturday September 20th 10am -1pm
Yapeen, Castlemaine

Find out how to discover power places in the land by dowsing and develop a spiritual connection to country with ceremonial stone arrangements. Help to make a stone labyrinth and practise ritual walking meditation beneath the gum trees.

Fee: $50 incl. printed notes and refreshments [Couples $80]


3 5468 1041 or use the Contact Form above

Hands-on Sheltermaking

Versatile Timber Framing with Peter Cowman
Saturday September 15th 2.30 – 5.30pm
Yapeen, Castlemaine

Fee: $50 incl. printed notes and refreshments [Couples $80]


3 5468 1041 or use the Contact Form above

Attend both Workshops on Saturday October 20th for $80! [Couples $150]

Bring lunch to share!

Spring Into Action – Learn Living Architecture & Dryland Permaculture FREE!

Spring Into Action!

Imagine learning the essentials of eco-building and how to produce your own organic food – FREE! 
Thanks to a new volunteer initiative entitled ‘Spring Into Action!’ led by Alanna myself, free training is exactly what is on offer over the coming months at our permaculture farm at Yapeen, near Castlemaine, in central Victoria, Australia.

Our motto is ‘Be The New Economy’. This articulates our desire to share the knowledge, skills, resources and experience of forging a genuinely sustainable way of life with very little in the way of conventional money to spend.

‘Time is our most precious posession – we like to spend it wisely, growing organic food and building affordable eco-sensitive shelter. It is by doing that we connect to the magic of life.’

People can participate in a range of real-life projects where they can not only learn the intricacies of eco-building and organic growing but also explore together the hidden aspects of sustainable living.  As well as learning these invaluable skills participants can earn credits towards the books, films, workshops and Courses which Alanna & myself produce.

The volunteer programme got underway on Sunday September 16th and continue until December.  If you are interested in attending use the Contact button above. Further details at: livingarchitecturecentre.com

Alanna Moore and her giant cabbage

Alanna Moore, a permaculture farmer and writer, featured in the book Permaculture Pioneers. She has been developing the farm with edible landscaping featuring useful indigenous species suited to the dryland environment of the Goldfields region. There are plantations of unusual tree crops such as Gingko Biloba and Sandalwoods and native cut flowers, while llamas graze the pastures and provide dung for compost and mulching.

Peter Cowman tries to figure out which way is ‘up’

Peter Cowman is an architect, an eco-builder, a writer and a teacher, delivering courses internationally. He was born in Ireland and is currently living and working in Australia. He is director of the Living Architecture Centre. He has a particular interest in debt-free sheltermaking.

BUILDING ON THE EDGE features in Inspirational Homes Leitrim Green Door 2012

Peter Cowman in The Headspace from ‘Building On The Edge’

Johnny Gogan’s 2006 documentary ‘Building On The Edge’ was a feature of Leitrim’s Green Door 2012. If you haven’t already seen this 30min film exploring Living Architecture you can view it HERE! Scroll down the playlist on the righthand side of your screen …

Create your own Living Architecture

Living Architecture PRIMER

Interested in Living Architecture but not sure if its the thing for you? Then try the Living Architecture PRIMER – it’s packed with a wide range of interesting stuff: published articles, original Course material, movies, TV programmes, Course handouts, plus lots more … all on an easily accessible data DVD! When you’re ready to upgrade to a full Course you can avail of a discount on the price! The PRIMER includes the opening parts of both the Living Architecture Course & EconoSpaceMaking, allowing you to get your project underway at minimal cost!

$25AUD incl. P&P for Australian & New Zealand customers

€25 incl. P&P for Eurozone customers

₤20 sterling incl. P&P for UK customers

$25USD incl. P&P for North American customers

The EconoSpace Concept features in the current edition of SELF BUILD AND IMPROVE YOUR HOME magazine See Page 74

Lunch is served on the EconoSpace deck

ClayStraw EconoSpace under construction

3rd International Hemp Building Symposium

Steve Allin of the International Hemp Building Association has organised the 3rd International Hemp Building Symposium to take place in Yverdon les Bains Switzerland, 16-17 0ct 2012

IHBA Switzerland Poster

Bill Gates reinvents the wheel the toilet

Bill Gates ponders the reinvention of the toilet …

Microsoft co-founder Bill Gates has launched a search for a new toilet better suited to developing countries to help prevent disease and death.

A charitable foundation founded by Gates and his wife kicked off a “Reinvent the Toilet Fair” in Seattle and awarded prizes for promising innovations.

“Toilets are extremely important for public health and, when you think of it, even human dignity,” Gates said.

“The flush toilets we use in the wealthy world are irrelevant, impractical and impossible for 40 per cent of the global population, because they often don’t have access to water, and sewers, electricity, and sewage treatment systems.” READ MORE ON THIS STORY