Earth Architecture – The Book

Earth Architecture began February 22, 2003 as a way to organize online research on earthen architecture and now, after almost 5 years of blogging on earth architecture, a book on the subject that will be published by Princeton Architectural Press in the Fall of 2008. The book will offer a history of earthen architecture, particularly a modern history of earthen architecture which touches on the efforts of Cointeraux, Gaudí, Schindler, Wright, Le Corbusier, Loos, Fathy, and many more of your favorite architects of the modern era. The book also discusses Rammed Earth, Mud Brick, Compressed Earth Block and many of the several earth building technologies and how they have evolved to meet the demands of contemporary society.

The book will also feature 40 cutting edge projects designed by architects and constructed of earth from the past 35 years, including work by many well known architects such as Rick Joy, Mauricio Rocha, Rural Studio, Glenn Murcutt, Arup Associates, Mathias Klotz, Predock_Frane Architects, Cutler Anderson Architects, Reitermann and Sassenroth, Heikkinen – Komonen Architects and Yung Ho Chang, to name a few, as well as important works by lesser well known architects who have produced critical works of contemporary architecture.

This is a very exciting moment in the history of this blog. It coincides with International Listings ranking Earth Architecture among the top 100 Architecture Blogs. It is an honor to be on the list with some really great blogs. In fact, I have to give props to Geoff for the idea for announcing the impending publication. If you’d like to know more about the book or would like to be reminded when the it is released, please email me, and thanks for reading about the most widely used building material on the planet.

11 Replies to “Earth Architecture – The Book”

  1. Hi R,

    As you may know I have been one of your readers for a couple of years now. Congratulations with this new venture, and yes! Put me on the mailing list please.

    In the meantime…shouldn’t you reinstate your “About” page again?


    Guido AKA Happy Hotelier

  2. Hi, I am Mahmudur Rahman, a graduate civil engineer from Bangladesh and interested in topics related to mud construction. I have learned about Laurie Baker and his effort on developing the technology of mid house construction. Here i am very much keen to know the details information on mud house construction in the book “Earth Architecture”

    Please, keep me in the mailing list.

  3. I want to collect information regarding building with earth (rammed earth). KIndly guide me to poeple, books (including the “Earth Architecture”) and places where I can gather information.

    Please also include me in your mailing list.

    Thanking you in advance,

    With best regards,
    Narayana Upadhyaya

  4. Hi
    I am from Quito-Ecuador. The old town has a lot of earth big constructions, including big churches and really beautiful all of them.
    But the old costumes and old ways of construction is getting lost. There is not any entity that is helping to recover this knowledge before it will be lost.
    I hope that among your studies, you include the earth bricks construction from Latin America.
    If not, do you know any entity that are undertaking these kind of studies, or recommend to the official institutions in my country that are in charge of the restauration of old buildings to be part of an international organizations??.
    There are a good organization here in charge about the restauration, but they are not publishing almost anything about earth brick. Or what they publish is too vague, is more only pictures.
    I hope you can give me some guide
    Warm regards

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