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

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

Mother Earth News published an article on the house in 1976. [1]

External links and references

  • The Integral Urban House: Self-Reliant Living in the City (out-of-print)


  1. Jump up^ The Integral Urban House; A Victorian mansion in Berkeley California is converted into an urban homestead byJulie Reynolds,Mother Earth News, November / December 1976