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[Cob] earth - a building material of the future &Cameroon COBCharmaine Taylor dirtcheapbuilderbooks at gmail.com
Mon Feb 22 00:14:49 PST 2010
I wanted to recommend a look at both these links- one is a design show in Europe on raw earth for building, and the other shows cob cone shaped buildings. I use the google "alert" for specific words like lime, papercrete, and some amazingt sites pop up I would never have foound otherwise. so I'd say try it for any word you want info on. the bottom link is one that came in for papercrete used in a beautiful way in house design. http://www.designboom.com/weblog/cat/9/view/9229/earth-a-building-material-of-the-future.html [designboom has dedicated a large amount of time to learn more about clay - one of the earliest natural building materials in history of men. our intent is to promote earth also as a building material of the future.] http://www.designboom.com/weblog/cat/9/view/9207/musgum-earth-architecture.html in this first article of a series, which we will publish in the upcoming weeks, we'll examine a few ancient building techniques. the musgum, an ethnic group in far north province in cameroon, created their homes from compressed sun-dried mud. the tall conical dwellings, in the shape of a shell (artillery), featured geometric raised patterns. +++++++++++++++++++++ Another alert from the UK-- besides the gorgeous block wall I laughed to see they did it with using cardboard boxes!! hundreds of cardboard boxes to make the shapes. I have been using cardboard for ages to make precast blocks, but I admit I did not have the vision to make a 'beauty wall' like this-- not structural, but as a draft or wind break wall, it is stunning to see how pretty this is. the house looks like wood walls, but the use of the blocks really makes the design. I am sure cob can be used and has been used like this- http://bartlettyear1architecture.blogspot.com/2010/02/rural-studio-christine-papercrete-house.html Charmaine Taylor Publishing http://www.dirtcheapbuilder.com http://www.amazon.com/shops/humboldtcoast Search Amazon.com books for “Modern Pise” Order books: Tel: 406-287-3605 for Tom Elpel
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