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Continuing the Conversation: Towards an Architecture of Place | Sustainable Cities Collective

Continuing the Conversation: Towards an Architecture of Place | Sustainable Cities Collective | The Architecture of the City | Scoop.it

Says Suzan Hampton of Koolhaas' Seattle Public Library, which is in the Architecture of Place Hall of Shame: "It feels like being in an airport terminal in there."


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With a tradition of earth-based construction... Back to Earth | Vernacular Architecture

With a tradition of earth-based construction... Back to Earth | Vernacular Architecture | The Architecture of the City | Scoop.it
In Ma'anqiao, the 2008 earthquake destroyed 263 out of 272 houses.

Today, with the help of a group of university researchers, this remote Sichuan village has become a workshop of design experimentation, in which the region's inhabitants and artisans are re-learning the ancient art of rammed-earth constructions.

To do so, it was essential to give villagers a demonstration of how to rebuild with all the readily available resources. As a prototype, a new rammed-earth courtyard dwelling was constructed for an elderly couple in one month by the project team together with villagers mobilised from each family. Providing families with a participative training course on the basic techniques developed in previous studies, this hands-on approach allowed them to be convinced by the new construction and further understand how to rebuild their houses by themselves...


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