Desert Shelter by Victor Sidy

This is one of the structures designed & built by residents at Taliesin West.

Live/ Work Shelter in the Arizona Desert. New steel and polycarbonate structure is superimposed upon the ‘artifact’ of concrete and stone, creating a dialouge between historic and contemporary forms. A grassy lawn cantilevers over a dry wash, further intensifying the contrast between the Natural and transient human intervention.” – Victor Sidy

See more of this Desert Shelter (1999) on Victor Sidy’s website.

Off the Grid in the West Texas Desert

John Wells built the shell of this one-room shack over nine days in 2007; now his 60-acre homestead, deep in the West Texas desert, includes four shipping containers under an arched metal roof, nine water tanks, a solar shower and a solar oven.” – The New York Times

See more of this house Off the Grid in the West Texas Desert at NYTimes.com. Photo by Tony Cenicola for The New York Times

Barn Shed Tiny House in the Desert

Original two story barn style studio in Joshua Tree, CA. offers guests a new idea in living. Our modest studio is fully converted to accommodate a unique retreat for two. Open the barn style doors and enter the main living space which is tastefully furnished with comfortable down sofa, coffee table, entertainment center with flat screen TV , DVD player and smart phone stereo for your personal play list, galley kitchen with refrigerator, sink, dishes and small appliances for use, and beautiful views from the front deck.

The Field Lab’s New Neighbor

Looks like John Wells is going to have more company out in the desert. Pictured here is her outhouse. I wonder what kind of home Dona Lu plans to build?

“My part time SW neighbor Dona Lu came out to work on her place for the weekend.  She pre-built studded walls for an out house building and needed a second pair of hands holding the parts so she could lag screw them together.  Quite impressed with her design and carpentry skills.”

via The Field Lab: HARDBOILEDEGGS.

I planted a cherry tree!

Read how Ryo plans to keep this tree alive in these inhospitable conditions.

“On a recent trip to Serenity Valley, I planted a cherry tree. Now, planting a fruit tree in the high desert, where there is no rain nor running water for half the year, may seem foolish. And maybe it is. But I planted it anyway. I think of it as an act of commitment; I’ve planted a tree, now I have to keep it alive.”

Read more about how I planted a cherry tree! « Laptop and a Rifle.