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Unique Eco-Friendly Homes Provide Safe Housing For Displaced Communities

By Desirée Kaplan

Between political conflicts and natural disasters, thousands of refugees around the world find themselves without homes every year. Cal-Earth, a nonprofit organization based in California, has developed a housing solution to help tackle this issue. The institution focuses on creating sustainable structures called SuperAdobe homes. The organization teaches people how to build these durable homes with basic materials and designs. 

Nadar Khalili, an Iranian architect, founded Cal-Earth after researching ways to create more efficient homes. While working for NASA and creating concepts for human settlements on Mars, he shifted his focus to finding a workable housing solution for people with limited resources. Today, thousands of domes have been built around the world. Nadar’s children, Dastan and Sheefte,h continue to lead the institution.