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When building for a more sustainable world, the materials you choose undoubtedly play the biggest part in minimizing your project's carbon footprint. Building a wall out of plastic bottles, for example, prevents them from adding to the hoard in a landfill. However, there is a material used for centuries throughout the world that tops all the rest when it comes to sustainability: adobe. When we think about sustainability in construction, we must first think of the project's function. For many builders, the norm is to use materials that will last for thousands of years, therefore prolonging utility. Adobe on the other hand, is one of the materials whose production, lifespan, and disposal results in net-zero carbon emissions. Here, we will highlight the use of adobe in Araukaria Arquitectura's project El Encuentro on the outskirts of Bogota, which showcases the material's thermal and aesthetic qualities as well as its environmental capacities--namely withstanding Colombia's humid, rainy climate View more View full description
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