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Chelsea Green was kind enough to provide a copy of The Earth-Sheltered House: An Architect's Sketchbook by Malcolm Wells, and I'm glad they did.  The book is full of his sketches with handwritten notes — it feels like I'm reading something that's handwritten just for me.  Wells tells it like it is with his own voice.  He drew me in, and before I knew it, I was already on the last page. 

Within the pages of The Earth-Sheltered House, Wells invites you to think about underground buildings, although he nudges that it's not as simple as covering a building with dirt.  But if done properly, an underground building will be silent, bright, dry, sunny, long-lasting, easy to maintain, easy to heat and cool, and fire-safe.

Wells explains how structures can be restorative and powered by harnessing the sun's rays.  I'm sure architects all across the country have had a chance to read and be influenced by his ideas, but if you haven't, I recommend sitting down with this treasure of a book.  This newly revised edition was just published in May 2009, and I think you'll enjoy it. 

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