The Nk’Mip Desert Interpretive Centre is finally open. View pictures at Rammed Earth is for Everyone
The New York Times challenged thirteen architects, landscape architects, and planners to consider the border zone between Mexico and the United States. The proposal by Albuquerque architect Antoine Predock suggests a rammed earth wall built by Mexican day laborers, rising from the ground.
Chilean architect Marcelo Cortes employs an interesting hybrid between industrial and non-industrial technologies. Cortes has developed a “quincha metalica”, a form of traditional quincha construction (mud and straw packed between a bamboo or wood frame) that uses a steel frame work.
Prof. Dr. Gernot Minke is a professor at Universitat Kassel, where he leads the Forschungslabor fur Experimentelles Bauen. He has long concerned himself with developments in earth building, and he has dealt with the building material clay in theory and practice since 1977. Visit his website.
El I SEMIN¡RIO – Arquitetura e Construção com Terra no Brasil e IV SEMIN¡RIO – Arquitectura de Terra em Portugal (The 1st Brasilian Confrence of Architecture and Construction in Earth and the 4th Conference of Earth Architecture in Portugal) will be held the 4th – 8th of November, 2006 in Ouro Preto, Minas Gerais, Brazil. Download conference information here (pdf).
Work is about to begin on The Wales Institute for Sustainable Education (WISE), a new complex intended to showcase the very latest thinking in environmentally-conscious building design at the Centre for Alternative Technology (CAT), near Machynlleth in Wales. Among the innovative features of the building will be construction of rammed earth walls in the Institute’s lecture theatre. The 7.2m high rammed earth walls, which are load-bearing and made of excavated subsoil, exemplify this approach. The clay content of the soil means no additional binding material will have to be added. The walls are packed down in layers, using hand-held pneumatic compactors, between temporary formwork.