Jamie Manza's Profile

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A Little about Me

It is all about nature for me- immersing in her, protecting her, and sharing her.

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My Build Projects

A beautiful, forested site with river frontage in the famous Rondout Valley. Maple, hemlock, oak, tulip, beech, birch, cedar, etc cover 90% of the diverse terrain. Lots of stone to work with as well. There is electricity, filtered well water, a hot...

Why I Build Sustainably

I will level the playing field for folks and end pollution. I enjoy doing and making meaningful and beautiful things. I like to demonstrate responsible building

Skills I would like to Work on or Share.

I am tuning my Minimalism every day. Integrating with nature is very important to me. I want to improve others' ability to enjoy nature. I am also trying to widen my comfort zone by accepting challenges.

My Life Philosophy

Cooperation is more fruitful than competition. Peace is better than war. Politicians are expendable.

Building Styles I have Experience in

Straw Bale
Adobe/Mud Bricks
Reclaimed Materials
Local Materials (ie Sustainable Wood)
Stone/Flint walls
4 months apprenticeship making cob and Adobes, arches Slipstrawed 450 square feet of my barn walls last fall. This building I am making now is the 3rd dry stacked stone foundation that i built, and the walls of the sauna are bale-cob and cob. The roof might get thatched

My Building Qualifications

3 years architecture school 3 years of conventional building 3 years of natural building I am a natural problem solver and efficiency expert. I am half "American" only. I am half German, too, so I get shtuff done!

My Occupation

Cob builder, natural builder, permaculture designer

What I Read, Watch, and Listen to

The Timeless Way of Building, and A Pattern Language Both by Christopher Alexander A Shelter Sketchbook by John S. Taylor The Hand Sculpted House by Evans, Smith, and Smiley Animal Architecture by Karl Von Frisch Architecture Without Architects by Bernard Rudofsky Anything by Buckminster Fuller - about 30 to choose from!!

Building Styles I'm Interested in

Straw Bale
Adobe/Mud Bricks
Reclaimed Materials
Local Materials (ie Sustainable Wood)
Stone/Flint walls
Treehouses and underground buildings. Indiginous structures like tipis and wigwams
Diversity to avoid buying things

My Education

Brandeis University 97-99 Boston Architectural Center 99-00 Wenworth Institute of Technology 00-02 Colorado Outward Bound School ---Outdoor Leadership Seminar 83 days, '02 CCIM, SEC and more commercial real estate courses and experience

My Eating Habits

We are vegan friendly and some of us do not eat gluten, some no cow dairy. You can eat what you want.