An interview with PhD candidate Paul Jaquin at Rammed Earth is for Everyone. Paul is the proprietor of Historic Rammed Earth Web Site and the Historic Rammed Earth Blog and has studied rammed earth buildings all over the world.
The use of unburnt mud bricks commonly known as ‘rukarakara’ in the construction of houses is to be banned, the Minister of Infrastructure, Stanislas Kamanzi, has said. The Minister made the disclosure Wednesday 18, while responding to queries raised by legislators about the new plan to develop Kigali City.
Design Like You Give a Damn: Architectural Responses to Humanitarian Crises, is a compendium of innovative projects from around the world that demonstrate the power of design to improve lives. The first book to bring the best of humanitarian architecture and design to the printed page, Design Like You Give a Damn offers a history of the movement toward socially conscious design and showcases more than 80 contemporary solutions to such urgent needs as basic shelter, health care, education, and access to clean water, energy, and sanitation. Among these projects you will find several built of some of the many earth construction techniques.
Belgian photograper Sebastian Schutyser spent nearly four years photographing the mud mosques of Mali. A collection of 200 such black & white photographs is now online at ArchNet. More at BLDGBLOG. Schutyser’s images have been collected in a book, co-written with Dorothee Gruner and Jean Dethier, entitled Banco: Adobe Mosques of the Inner Niger Delta.