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Napa ADU SWAP: Home & ADU switch.

Napa ADU SWAP: Home & ADU switch.

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The Napa ADU SWAP creates an initial 1200 sf ADU on a property with a Primary Home. The ADU has built-in infrastructure to allow for a seamless transformation.

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David Easton – 45 Years of Rammed Earth

David Easton – 45 Years of Rammed Earth

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Building materials and resilience are intrinsically linked. Rammed earth is perhaps the longest-enduring building material.

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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.”

– Oliver Atwood

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Pictures of the Week- Ollantaytambo, Peru

Pictures of the Week- Ollantaytambo, Peru

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Ollantaytambo is a town and an Inca archaeological site in southern Peru some 60 kilometers northwest of the city of Cusco. It is located at an altitude of 2,792 meters (9,160 feet) above sea level in the district of Ollantaytambo, province of Urubamba, Cusco region. During the Inca Empire, Ollantaytambo was the royal estate of Emperor Pachacuti who conquered the region, built the town and a ceremonial center. […]

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Pictures of the Week- Pisac, Sacred Valley, Peru

Pictures of the Week- Pisac, Sacred Valley, Peru

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Emperor Pachacuti erected a number of royal estates to memorialize victories over other ethnic groups. Among these royal estates are Písac (victory over the Cuyos), Ollantaytambo (victory over the Tambos), and Machu Picchu (conquest of the Vilcabamba Valley).

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Pictures of the Week- Walking in Cuzco.

Pictures of the Week- Walking in Cuzco.

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Cuzco is a comfortable mashup of old and new.

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Pictures of the Week- Santa Catalina Convent, Arequipa, Peru

Pictures of the Week- Santa Catalina Convent, Arequipa, Peru

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The Monastery of Saint Catherine is a monastery of nuns of the Dominican Second Order, located in Arequipa, Peru. It was built in 1579 and was enlarged in the 17th century. The over 20,000-square-meter monastery was built predominantly in the Mudéjar style, and is characterized by its vividly painted walls. There are approximately 20 nuns currently living in the northern corner of the complex; the rest of the monastery […]

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Pictures of the Week- Inca stone walls of Cuzco, Peru

Pictures of the Week- Inca stone walls of Cuzco, Peru

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The hand-hewn andesite and granite stonework of the Inca artisan has to be seen to believed. These photos are from last summers visit to Cuzco, the capital of the Inca Empire in Peru.  

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The NEXT Conference:  AIA San Francisco

The NEXT Conference: AIA San Francisco

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Hosted in San Francisco, a city recognized as a leading hub for innovative design leaders and thinkers, AIASF NEXT is a great opportunity to showcase your cutting-edge ideas, projects, and practices that will impact the next generation of the architecture and design profession as well as the future of the built environment. Gathering the best […]

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