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Colors Of the Earth: Ghana's Incredible, Rammed Earth Walls

05:30 - 12 April, 2019
Colors Of the Earth: Ghana's Incredible, Rammed Earth Walls, Courtesy of Hive Earth
Courtesy of Hive Earth

Rammed earth constructions are not a novelty, on the contrary, some sections of the Great Wall of China were made using this technique. Relegated and replaced by modern methods of construction, the mud walls are currently re-emerging as an economic, sustainable solution, with low environmental impact. Even Joelle Eyeson, a young African entrepreneur, is betting that it may be the answer to the housing deficit in her region.

This is a rudimentary construction system in which earth is compressed into wooden boxes. The clay is horizontally placed in layers of 15 cm in height, and compacted with manual or pneumatic tools, to achieve its ideal density creating a resistant and durable structure.

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Rammed Earth Construction: 15 Exemplary Projects

12:00 - 25 November, 2018
© Nic Lehoux Photography
© Nic Lehoux Photography

© Iwan Baan © Stefan Müller © Norman Müller © Filip Dujardin + 19

This week, we're highlighting a selection of the best images of projects built using rammed earth. These 15 works show the attractive aesthetic finish created by the superposition of multiple layers of compressed soil. Despite having been neglected as a construction technique for years, this type of construction is now experiencing a renaissance in architecture. Read on for a selection of images from prominent photographers such as Filip Dujardin, João Morgado, and Nic Lehoux.

How to Make Earth Plaster in 5 Easy-to-Follow Steps

04:00 - 9 November, 2018
How to Make Earth Plaster in 5 Easy-to-Follow Steps, © Rafael Loschiavo | Ecoeficientes
© Rafael Loschiavo | Ecoeficientes

The use of earth plaster is very common in natural buildings; it is the same mixture used in adobe. Though easily made, its use is not widely known. Rafael Loschiavo, from Ecoeficientes, teaches the step-by-step method for bringing a new life to a run-down wall without the need for major renovations.

Design + Build Workshop Lombok 2018

11:32 - 7 September, 2018
Design + Build Workshop Lombok 2018, Design + Build Workshop Lombok 2018
Design + Build Workshop Lombok 2018

Design + Build Workshop, Lombok 2018

What will workshop participants learn?

Building Trust are happy to announce that our latest workshop will be held in Batu Kliang, Lombok. The region near the waterfall of Benang Stokel, which is one of the major tourist attractions in Lombok, Indonesia. We are going to work with DOME LOMBOK and three local villages that were 90% destroyed after the recent earthquake. A total of 600 houses were destroyed by the quakes and the local community urgently need new housing.

We are offering a hands on participatory workshop where participants will gain experience in sustainable building techniques and

Naked Gallery — Ecological Creation Technology / Xiaohui Designer Studio

20:00 - 11 January, 2018
Naked Gallery — Ecological Creation Technology  / Xiaohui Designer Studio, Tea Art Pavilion. Image © Youkun Chen
Tea Art Pavilion. Image © Youkun Chen

Naked Gallery. Image © Youkun Chen Naked Gallery. Image © Youkun Chen Pottery Art Pavilion wall. Image © Youkun Chen Bamboo structure roof truss . Image © Youkun Chen + 35

  • Architects

  • Location

    Moganshan, Deqing County, Huzhou, Zhejiang, China.
  • Category

  • Chief designer

    Xiaohui Lv
  • Client

    naked Retreats
  • Area

    347.0 m2
  • Project Year

    2012
  • Photographs

How (And Why) to Integrate Earth and Bamboo Into Your Architectural Project

08:00 - 30 November, 2017
How (And Why) to Integrate Earth and Bamboo Into Your Architectural Project, © José Tomás Franco
© José Tomás Franco

By recognizing and analyzing the multiple architectural possibilities of bamboo—a construction material mostly native to warm and tropical areas—the following questions arise: How can we take advantage of its qualities and enhance its use in colder climates? Such regions necessarily require a certain level of thermal isolation in walls, floors, and roofs—but for these climates, we can combine bamboo with materials that complement it.

We talked with Penny Livingston-Stark, a designer and professor of permaculture who has worked for 25 years in the field of regenerative design based on non-toxic natural materials, to understand the opportunities offered by combining bamboo with earth.

Earthen construction and bamboo are extremely compatible. They offer different capacities. They compliment each other beautifully. They both require the same conditions, like breathability.

© José Tomás Franco © José Tomás Franco © José Tomás Franco © José Tomás Franco + 26

Martin Rauch: Refined Earth – Construction & Design of Rammed Earth

03:30 - 30 September, 2016
Martin Rauch: Refined Earth – Construction & Design of Rammed Earth

For over 25 years, Martin Rauch has been at the forefront of research and development in all aspects of rammed earth construction. As proper design with earth can only come from truly understanding the material, he would now like to share his experience and knowledge of this construction material in a design manual. The publication goes beyond projects to focus on structural elements, such as the design and layout of floors, walls, ceilings and openings, which are clearly explained with detailed project information from structures previously realised by Martin Rauch.