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Rolling Shelter: Vehicles We Have Called Home (Green Home Building) (Volume 1) Paperback – August 21, 2013
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About the Author
Kelly Hart has been involved in media most of his life, initially working as a professional photographer, and then branching into cinematography and animation. He has produced many film, video and DVD programs related to his interests in sustainable architecture, cultural education, and animal behavior. Kelly patented a process for making animated movies that involves manipulating a continuously malleable pigment directly under a camera. The resulting animation appears like an oil painting in motion. He recently published a book of photographs that he took as a young man in the San Francisco Bay Area, titled "San Francisco's Psychedelic Sixties: A Photographic Trip with Kelly Hart" As a writer, he has established several websites related to sustainable architecture and written numerous articles on this topic. www.greenhomebuilding.com has been active since 2000 and www.dreamgreenhomes.com was established soon after. Now he hosts www.earthbagbuilding.com and www.naturalbuildingblog.com as well. Kelly has had a lifelong interest in building and has worked in construction professionally. For many years he did remodeling for clients and also on his own projects. He once built his own house with innovative earthbags and papercrete. Kelly and his wife, Rosana Hart, operate their website, www.hartworks.com, which describes many of the books and DVDs that they sell. One DVD that they produced is titled "A Sampler of Alternative Homes: Approaching Sustainable Architecture", which profiles numerous natural building methods and tours many homes and interviews the builders or owners. This program, along with one about building an earthbag house, called "Building with Bags" is available on the websites. www.sunvee.com describes a solar electric vehicle that Kelly built and drove around his community for many years. www.which-hobbit.com describes a fictionalized autobiography available as an e-book that Kelly wrote. Kelly continues to be an advocate for sustainable living through his writing and occasionally training people in specific building techniques.
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Vehicles are made for journeying, and this well-built RS book functions the same way, taking us on a trip through the creative lives and travels of its author and his family over the past several decades. It is exceptionally well-written and organized, and sumptuously illustrated in the author's own full-color photographs throughout. Kelly employs a relaxed, easily-readable, warm and engaging travelogue style that matches exactly with this journeying motif and his extensive and authentic sustainability DNA.
I enjoyed his most recent work immensely, and was particularly taken by the fact that he shares many tips and insights along the way -- not only the smashing successes, but significantly, the failures as well. We learn much about Kelly's life and family in the process, and their artful integration of family life within and around these creatively-designed rolling shelters.
In a era when "Occupy Earth" is getting ever more important and its methodologies ever more popular, Kelly shows us - in simple, heart-felt language - how affordably, easily and happily its paradigm can be lived by any of us who choose it. If you're looking for green inspiration that can lead to profound life transformations - if you yearn for timely and relevant alternative theory backed with concrete, workable examples of how you can turn today's green populist ideals into high-quality-of-life, low-carbon-footprint rolling reality - this book is definitely for you.