About EarthArchitecture.org

EarthArchitecture.org began February 22, 2003 as the online research of Ronald Rael—currently an Associate Professor at the University of California Berkeley. The compilation of the research on the earth architecture website led to the publication of Earth Architecture (Princeton Architectural Press, 2008, paperback edition, 2010), which examines the contemporary history of the oldest and most widely used building material on the planet—dirt. The research was funded by the Graham Foundation for Constructed Topographies: Earth Architecture in the Landscape of Modernity, and the Architectural League of New York’s Deborah Norden Competition for Wadi Hadramut: Cities of Earth (2000).

In 2009 Eartharchitecture.org was ranked among the top 20 most important blogs on architecture worldwide measured by the number of subscribers (Google Reader + Bloglines) and the number of hits in Google (Google + Google Images).

Poor Haitians Resort to Eating Mud Cookies


AP Photo/Ariana Cubillos


AP Photo/Ariana Cubillos

It was lunchtime in one of Haiti’s worst slums, and Charlene Dumas was eating mud. With food prices rising, Haiti’s poorest can’t afford even a daily plate of rice, and some take desperate measures to fill their bellies. Charlene, 16 with a 1-month-old son, has come to rely on a traditional Haitian remedy for hunger pangs: cookies made of dried yellow dirt from the country’s central plateau mixed with salt and vegetable shortening.