Iranian Eco-Architect Nader Khalili

Iranian eco-architect Nader Khalili died early last month (here is the LA Times obit). He was an advocate of “earth architecture,” inventing techniques for building really cool dome-shaped structures. Khalili founded an institute called Cal-Earth to teach others how to build these houses, which got the stamp of approval from the UN, where he was also a consultant.

I think Khalili’s work is really the pinnacle of an Iranian working to create and promote environmentally-conscious living. He leaves behind a really amazing legacy, which includes several books (one of them a translation of Rumi poems). His books – and the architectural plans for his structures – can be purchased via Cal-Earth.

Studio 360 did an excellent show this weekend that included a bit of a tribute to his work and included old interviews with Khalili. Listen to it by using the player below, or visit Studio 360′s website.

Photo: Los Angeles Times

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How very sad. I met him once about 12 years ago. I was a young entrepreneur searching for shelter technology that I could license and I called him and he invited me out to see the shelters in Hesperia. He was a very kind and gentle man. I remember we sat in one of the big dome shelters that had a hole in the top and sort of meditated for a while in that cool, dim, cave-like adobe. He lamented that the Iranian government wouldn’t use this truly wonderful technology that could have helped the poor and victims of earthquakes. I’ll never forget meeting him. May he rest in peace.


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