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The Canelo Project is a small non-profit organization founded in 1989. They are dedicated to the exploration and development of living systems, including growing food and building that creates friendship, beauty and simplicity.
They are known primarily for our work in Strawbale and other Natural Building techniques.

Responding to invitations of help, from women in a community called Xochitl in Mexico , they co-developed a building system that used easily available, inexpensive materials and improved the desolate living conditions of these people. They have kept the process as simple as possible so they could eventually learn to build it all themselves, as they are.

The first women's houses with it's soft colored lime washed walls, hand shaped door and window moldings, it stood in striking contrast to the shack. A curving band of river stones added protection and texture to the base of the earthen and lime plastered walls.


Office building for the Sonoran branch of Save The Children

Straw bale house design

This 5,000 sq. ft. office building for the Sonoran branch of Save The Children, in Cuidad Obregon, Mexico was built to demonstrate the use of local, natural and low-cost materials such as straw, clay, carrizo and lime. It's construction exemplifies a way of building that is unlike modern commercial construction.

Designed organically, new ideas and experiments were regularly incorporated during the entire process. Built using only a sketch of the floor plan, the building evolved to meet its own particular conditions and was not dictated by a fixed set of plans.

Straw Bale house design
Strawbale house design


Each house costs $500.


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For more information visit
www.caneloproject.com



















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