• Projects,  Techniques

    Earth Hospital in Uganda by Renzo Piano

    One of the most talented architects of our time, Renzo Piano, has undertaken the design of a pediatric hospital on the shores of Lake Victoria in Uganda. Renzo Piano’s approach is bold, modern and at the same time anchored in local tradition. “This hospital will be an example of medical advances, sustainability, energy efficiency and space independence and harmony. We want to use the resources of earth, water and sun – the greatest, most true achievements of our time.” For the construction of the hospital, a team of designers from Italy has chosen the technique of rammed earth. This uses the earth from excavation work, but also gives the dignity…

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    How to make a rammed earth test block

    This short movie presents all the steps for the manufacturing of a prototype block of rammed earth with 5% added cement: sieving, adding of the cement and mixing, building up of the mold, ramming and finally removal of the mold. This thousands years old building technique is still used in wide regions of France, Spain, Marokko, China and many countries of Latin America. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=IZ37IU5RTog

  • Books,  Projects

    The art of earth architecture: New book by Jean Dethier

    This will be the bible of earth builders! The never ending passion of the architect Jean Dethier has brought him to travel through the whole planet. In this unique book he has selected remarkable examples of earth buildings which spread along 5 continents and cover 10000 years of human building culture. More than 20 world leading specialists have contributed to the work with texts. They present the advantages and possible contemporary meaning of earth architecture for our modern civilization. https://editions.flammarion.com/Catalogue/hors-collection/architecture-et-design/habiter-la-terre

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    The beauty of rammed earth walls

    “ We are never tired of looking at the walls of our rammed earth house! “ The owners of this newly built earth house share their insights and views. For them earthen walls are a link to the surrounding nature, a solar energy storage, an aesthetic which warms their hearts every day. The rammed earth technique is scarce in Bulgaria. There are few preserved buildings to be founds along the Danube river. She is typical for several regions in France, Spain and Portugal. The technique is widely used in China and in many places of Latin America. Rammed earth walls are obtained after compressing of a freshly extracted earthen mass…

  • Books,  Techniques

    Earth plaster from A to Z

    Just brilliant! This short movie from Nito Project shows the step by step production of a basic earth plaster from A to Z: earth extraction, sieving, additives, mixing, application and smoothing. Earthen plasters are affordable, easy to mix and extremely beautiful! If you want to jump into adventure you can get the necessary knowledge in the book “Natural plasters and paints from earth and lime” There is nothing more pleasant than becoming the artist of its own interior!

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    Building with mud: a continuum

    This short film from “The Nito project” presents in a attractive way the various mixtures that are needed for the production of numerous building techniques: from a very dense earthen mixture to a very lightweight blend with high content of straw. In fact, the most interesting thing is perhaps the realization that the mixtures are very similar to one another, as we can get many different building techniques from the same original earth mass. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5El1PjkYSQ4

  • Projects,  Techniques

    Innovative project in France – poured earthen walls

    « La Corderie eco-district» originated as a project for regional development with a mixed program of 1000 m2 intended for housing, offices, workshops and green areas. The aim of the project is to create spaces for innovative companies and a manifest for new practices. It offers shared offices, exhibition spaces and lots of greenery. Responding to the demanding assignment, the team of engineers and architects designed a building of load-bearing walls and a wooden construction. All the materials are local – they are delivered from less than 30 km from the site. Earth has been chosen as a representative material for the region. A technique of poured earth reinforced with steel…

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    Balkan conference on earth architecture in the village Titel, Serbia / August 23rd to 25th 2019

    From August 23rd to August 25th in the village Titel, Serbia will take place a Balkan conference on earth building. The event will bring together 12 countries to talk about their common heritage, its potentials and future actions. The three-day conference will be followed by REGIO EARTH, an itinerary festival founded by Sárkollektíva from Hungary and TeRRApia from Romania which will offer a series of interesting workshops with great local and international teachers. More information coming soon! /www.facebook.com/events/300390564145529/

  • Projects,  Techniques

    A prototype earthquake resistant earth house in China

    In China, as in many other places around the world, earthwork has been present for millennia. It is widespread in the northeastern provinces, which are still poorly industrialized. In 2014, the devastating earthquake Ludian affected the village of Guangming, which was almost completely destroyed and its inhabitants were left without shelter. The Chinese University of Hong Kong was committed to develop an earthquake resistant rammed earth house combining local building techniques with modern architectural solutions. The project won the first prize at the World Architecture Festival 2017. It offers accessible materials, the use of traditional building techniques and reinforcement elements of reinforced concrete and iron beams. https://www.dezeen.com/2017/11/17/post-earthquake-reconstruction-of-chinese-village-named-world-building-of-the-year-2017/

  • Events,  Projects,  Training

    Earth building seminar in the Rhodopi

    If you wish to learn about the specificity of earth as a building material, the field tests which allow you to select the correct earth for building purposes and to discover the main earth building technique then feel welcome on August 4th and 5th in the Rhodopean village Kosovo. You will find more detailed information in the attached file. Inscriptions at: info@rahovitza.org      ” order_by=”sortorder” order_direction=”ASC” returns=”included” maximum_entity_count=”500″]