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The Swan House and related projects are featured in the following texts:

Dollens, Dennis. Simone Swan: Adobe Building. Sites Books. New Mexico, 2005 71pp.

Montgomery, Johnnye. Life Lessons in Adobe.December 2005.

Swan, Simone. The Merry Pranks Of Scholarly Mud Freaks. Desert Candle, spring 2005:20.

Laughlin, Joyanna. Desert Serenity (PDF). Natural Home Magazine, Nov-Dec 2004:88.

Davidson, John. Simone Swan Adores Adobe (PDF). Preservation Magazine. March/April 1999: 52.

Davidson, John. The Soaring Promise of Adobe (PDF). Texas Co-op Power. August 1999: 5.

Doughty, Dick. From The Nile To The Rio Grande  (PDF). Aramco World. July/August 1999: 46.

McGregor, Suzi. Photos:  Moore, Terrence. Living Homes, Sustainable Architecture and Design. San Francisco: Chronicle Books. 2001: 70.

Miller, Lauraine. Homes From the Earth (PDF). Houston Chronicle. Texas. July 12, 1998.

Novovitch, Barbara. African Solution to Low-Cost Adobe Roofs (PDF). Reuters.

Swan, Simone. Elegant Solutions (PDF). Aramco World. July/August 1999.

Mostaedi, Arian . Sustainable Architecture, Low Tech Houses. Links International, Barcelona, 2002.

Welch, Frank. Hands On (PDF). Texas Architect. November/December 1998: 38.

In preparation: Letters From Presidio by Simone Swan (Publisher Gibbs Smith), an illustrated book with long captions including history, memoirs, as well as technical texts on earth architecture.


Baker-Laporte, Paula. Prescriptions for a Healthy House: A Practical Guide for Architects, Builders, and Homeowners  New Society Publishers, Ltd. 2001

Bourgeois, Jean-Louis. Spectacular Vernacular, The Adobe Tradition. New York: Aperture Foundation. 1989.

Doat, P., Construir con tierra, tomo II. Bogota: Fondo Rotatorio Editorial. 1990.

Fathy, Hassan. Architecture for the Poor. Chicago: The University of Chicago Press. 1973.

Fathy, Hassan. Natural Energy and Vernacular Architecture. Chicago: The University of Chicago Press. 1986.

McHenry, Paul. Adobe and Rammed Earth Buildings. Tucson: The University of Arizona Press. 1984.

Minke, Gernot. Earth Construction Handbook. WIT Press. 2000.

Oliver, Paul. Dwellings: The House Across the World. Austin: University of Austin Press. 1987.

Richards, J M, Hassan Fathy. Singapour: Concept Media. 1985

Seamon, David and Mugerauer (editors). Dwelling, Place & Environment. New York: Columbia University Press. 1985.

Steele, James. An Architecture for the People, The Complete Works of Hassan Fathy. American University in Cairo Press. 1997.

Steele, James. Hassan Fathy. London: Academy Editions. 1988.

Steele, James. The Hassan Fathy Collection, A Catalogue of Visual Documents at the Aga Khan Award for Architecture. Geneva: The Aga Khan Trust for Culture. 1989.

Steen, Athena and Bill, The Straw Bale House. Vermont: Chelsea Green Publishing Company. 1994.

Stone, B. Douglas, Earth for Homes. Washington, DC: Department of Housing and Urban Development, Office of International Affairs. 1974.

Seamon, David and Mugerauer (editors). Dwelling, Place & Environment. New York: Columbia University Press. 1985. 


Kurt Gardella teaches the “Adobe in Action Certificte in Adobe Construction”, Santa Fe, New Mexico 87504.


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