Integral Urban House

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The Integral Urban House was a pioneering 1970s experiment in self-reliant urban homesteading. The house was located 1516 5th St. in Berkeley, California. The founders were California State Architect Sim Van der Ryn and Bill & Helga Olkowski, authors of the City People's Guide to Raising Food, and the project was run by the Farallones Institute (which Van der Ryn founded).

The Sierra Club published a book about the experiment in 1979. Elements of the home included a vegetable garden, chickens, rabbits, a fish pond, beehives, a composting toilet, solar power and more.[1]

Mother Earth News published an article on the house in 1976.[2]

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  1. ^ Olkowski, Helga; Olkowski, William; Javits, Tom; Farallones Institute (1979). "The integral urban house : self-reliant living in the city". Sierra Club Books. OCLC 644281567. Retrieved 2018-08-27.
    • Reissued as Olkowski, Helga; Olkowski, William; Javits, Tom; Farallones Institute (2008). The Integral Urban House : self-reliant living in the city. Gabriola Island, B.C: New Catalyst Books. ISBN 9781897408162. OCLC 314432876.
  2. ^ Reynolds, Julie (1976-11-01). "Urban Homesteading: The Integral Urban House". Mother Earth News. Retrieved 2018-08-27.