The beginning -- Part 1. The evolution : A tale of two communities: Boshrouyeh and Taos -- Earth architecture -- Geltaftan (fired structure) earth architecture -- A ceramic house: a dream come true -- Part 2. Philosophy and design principles : The people's architecture: working with nature -- Structural principles -- Basic forms and designs -- Part 3. Materials and techniques : Appropriate site, appropriate materials -- Adobe -- Geltaftan (fired-earth) adobe mixture -- Adobe: forms and block-making -- Foundations -- Walls -- How to build arches, domes, and vaults -- Roofing and wall covering -- Flooring, interior finishes, opening and utilities -- Part 4. Firing and ceramic glazing : Geltaftan: firing earth structures -- Interior design: sculpting and glazing -- Landscaping and rehabilitation -- Part 5. Beginning : model making -- Visions for the future -- Appendix : Shell membrane theory applied to masonry domes -- Magma, ceramic, and fused adobe structures generated in situ -- Building codes -- Glossary and metric and U.S. systems of weights and measures.