Cal-Earth – The California Institute of Earth Art and Architecture


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Cal-Earth

The California Institute of Earth Art and Architecture

The California Institute of Earth Art and Architecture is a 501 (C)3 non-profit/charitable foundation at the cutting edge of Earth and Ceramic Architecture technologies today. Founded in 1986 by its director, Nader Khalili (1936-2008), its scope spans technical innovations published by NASA for lunar and Martian construction, to housing design and development for the world’s homeless for the United Nations.

Continuing in his tradition, Khalili‘s associates and apprentices are dedicated to research and education of the public in environmentally oriented arts and architecture. Its philosophy is based on the equilibrium of the natural elements of earth, water, air, fire, and their Unity at the service of the arts and humanity.

vía Cal-Earth – The California Institute of Earth Art and Architecture.

About Nader Khalili
ARCHITECT AND AUTHOR

Nader Khalili (1936-2008) is the world-renowned Iranian-American architect, author, humanitarian, teacher, and innovator of the Geltaftan Earth-and-Fire system known as Ceramic Houses, and of the Superadobe construction system. Khalili received his philosophy and architectural education in Iran, Turkey, and the United States.

In 1984, Lunar and Space habitation became an integral part of his work. He presented his “Magma Structures” design, based on Geltaftan System, and “Velcro-Adobe” system (later to become Superadobe) at the 1984 NASA symposium, “Lunar Bases and Space Activities of the 21st Century.” He was subsequently invited to Los Alamos National Laboratory as a visiting scientist. Starting in 1984, he presented papers and was published in several symposiums and publications including those of NASA, and the “Journal of Aerospace Engineering” for which he was awarded by the American Society of Civil Engineers. Khalili was a member of the team of “Lunar Resources Processing Project,” along with the Princeton based Space Studies Institute, McDonnell Douglas Space Systems, and Alcoa.

Khalili was the founder and director of the Geltaftan Foundation (1986), and the California Institute of Earth Art and Architecture (Cal-Earth) (1991). At Cal-Earth. Khalili taught his philosophy and earth architecture techniques. His sustainable solutions to human shelter have been published by NASA, and awarded by the United Nations, and the Aga Khan award for Architecture, among others. At Cal-Earth, prototypes were built and tested for inclusion in the Uniform Building Code.

International Day for Biological Diversity 2010: Biodiversity, Development and Poverty Alleviation


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The United Nations proclaimed May 22 The International Day for Biological Diversity (IDB) to increase understanding and awareness of biodiversity issues.

When first created by the Second Committee of the UN General Assembly in late 1993, 29 December (the date of entry into force of the Convention of Biological Diversity), was designated The International Day for Biological Diversity.

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Día Mundial de la Biodiversidad

Celebrar las diversas formas de vida que existen en el planeta, desde sus genes, especies y ecosistemas, siempre es motivo para reflexionar. Más aún, cuando el último informe Perspectiva Mundial sobre la Diversidad Biológica (GBO-3, por sus siglas en inglés), el Programa de las Naciones Unidas para el Medio Ambiente (Pnuma) desde 1970, se han reducido las poblaciones de vertebrados (mamíferos, reptiles, aves, anfibios y peces) en 40% ciento, el área de manglares y pastos marinos en 35% y los arrecifes de coral en 30%. Para muchos especialistas, el planeta Tierra se enfrenta a su sexto período de extinción, desde que desaparecieron los dinosaurios hace 65 millones de años.

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2010: Año Internacional de la Biodiversidad

Las Naciones Unidas declararon 2010 como el Año Internacional de la Biodiversidad. Es una celebración de la vida en la tierra y del valor de la diversidad biológica para nuestras vidas. El mundo está invitado a tomar acción en 2010 para proteger la variedad de la vida en la tierra: la biodiversidad.

El año 2010 fue declarado por la Asamblea General de las Naciones Unidas, como el Año Internacional de la Diversidad Biológica, debido a la preocupante pérdida de biodiversidad que sufre nuestro planeta, siendo su finalidad sensibilizar al público acerca de la importancia de la diversidad biológica y de las consecuencias de su pérdida.

«Los acontecimientos más destacados del Año serán la serie de sesiones de alto nivel de la Asamblea de las Naciones Unidas y la décima reunión de la Conferencia de las Partes en el Convenio sobre la Diversidad Biológica, que se celebrará en Nagoya (Japón)», según hizo publico el secretario. «Estos actos ayudarán aelaborar futuras estrategias para conservar los ecosistemas del planeta. Controlar las especies exóticas invasoras y abordar las otras causas de la pérdida de biodiversidad es una tarea cada vez más urgente. Por ello, insto a todos los gobiernos, organizaciones y personas a que renueven sus esfuerzos para proteger la vida en la Tierra.»

Sobre la Biodiversidad en Wikipedia

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