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David Easton – 45 Years of Rammed Earth Construction

David Easton – 45 Years of Rammed Earth Construction

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Building materials and resilience are intrinsically linked. Rammed earth is perhaps the longest-enduring building material, employed by the babylonians and the ancient chinese to build fortresses, temples, and even parts of the Great Wall of China. Its legacy continues through to the present day, where modern technology has transformed it into a truly unique and beautiful material.

Monday, April 29, 2019 | | Add a Comment

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Steven Miller: The Next Big Thing

Steven Miller: The Next Big Thing

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“There’s an assumption of durability for architecture. Interior design is more temporal, focusing on subliminal cues in the built environment. It’s not about following a formula. Rigor isn’t clear unless it’s opposing chaos. Anything can be beautiful – in the right hands.”

Monday, October 29, 2018 | | Add a Comment

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Earthen Construction as Earthquake Relief: A Case Study in Rebuilding a Rural Nepali Community

Earthen Construction as Earthquake Relief: A Case Study in Rebuilding a Rural Nepali Community

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“We could never have understood local needs without growing closer to the villagers themselves. Over time, they gave us insight into the most pressing issues of their community. This interplay of local and foreign knowledge was one of the most important aspects of the recovery process.”

– Oliver Atwood

Sunday, October 21, 2018 | | Add a Comment

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An Urban Experiment in Northwest Arkansas

An Urban Experiment in Northwest Arkansas

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There’s a bold plan afoot to transform Bentonville, AR from a rural business hub into an international, cosmopolitan destination. (Image is from one of the competition winners, Kevin Daly Architects)

Friday, July 06, 2018 | | Add a Comment

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Structural-Architectural Integration

Structural-Architectural Integration

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Using 3D visualization tools and other methods, one design team worked out a cost saving of $220K without sacrificing the building’s structural integrity.

Thursday, June 21, 2018 | | Add a Comment

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Arcosanti: Why?

Arcosanti: Why?

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“It’s legendary within urban planning and architecture as a utopian idea… and yet it seemed sad. A failed experiment. It’s romantically inspired, but It’s not an appropriate response to the climate. Unlike the original Pueblo settlements, it’s not self-sufficient.” (Images: Mark English)

– Mark English, AIA

Thursday, June 07, 2018 | | Add a Comment

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Minnesota Street Project: Ecosystem for the Arts

Minnesota Street Project: Ecosystem for the Arts

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“If we don’t do something soon, there won’t be an arts community in San Francisco at all. It’ll become a city of millionaires and homeless people.”

– Andy Rappaport, co-founder

Tuesday, April 10, 2018 | | Add a Comment

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Cannabis Developers Threaten Affordable Housing

Cannabis Developers Threaten Affordable Housing

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“How would buildings full of plants and a few caretakers help to create a lively urban context? People not plants!”

– Mark English, AIA

Monday, March 26, 2018 | | Add a Comment

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