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Earth Architecture Hardcover – November 3, 2008

ISBN-13: 978-1568987675 ISBN-10: 1568987676 Edition: 1st

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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 208 pages
  • Publisher: Princeton Architectural Press; 1 edition (November 3, 2008)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1568987676
  • ISBN-13: 978-1568987675
  • Product Dimensions: 0.9 x 8.6 x 9.1 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.8 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (9 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,714,041 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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"Earth Architecture charts a grand history of architectural beauty crafted from one of the humblest of building materials. " --The Age, Melbourne: (January, 2009)

"...contains a wide range of modern earthen residences from the simple to the stunningly opulent. A beautiful book for earth-based building enthusiasts." (Fall, 2008) --GreenMuze blog

"Architectural publishers seem to produce an infinite stream of books collecting contemporary buildings, typically grouped by building types, such as the ever-popular single-family houses but also office buildings, hotels, retail spaces, housing, and cultural facilities, among others. That these categorizations of architecture take precedence over the means of construction employed by architects in their design points to the ongoing importance of typology in architectural design, but also to a gap in architectural theory, stemming from a lack of creativity in building construction. This doesn't apply to the overly expensive buildings of Frank Gehry or others whose engineered designs preclude anything but the most innovative approaches to building. This applies to the other 99.9%, where considerations of construction technique are more limited, or only apparently so. Ronald Rael's book on some common techniques of construction, ones not typically seen as contemporary, brings to the fore earth architecture and its positive impact on architectural design." --Archidose

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"With more than 40 different building projects from around the world, Earth Architecture provides a history of building with earth in a modern era, focusing on projects using rammed earth, mud brick, compressed earth, cob and other techniques that are becoming increasingly important with changing ecological and economic imperatives. Earth Architecture showcases new and innovative uses of the oldest building material on the planet.The Chapel of Reconciliation in Berlin, Germany and The Chapel of Rest in Voralberg, Austria were recently constructed from rammed earth. The National Wine Center in Adelaide, South Australia contains the largest rammed earth wall in the Southern Hemisphere. The $4,000 a night Amankora Bhutan Resort in Gangtey, Bhutan, has rammed earth walls and the NkMp Dessert Interpretive Center in Osoyoos, Canada has the largest rammed earth wall (363 feet long 18 feet tall and 24 inches thick) in North America.Earth Architecture also contains a wide range of modern earthen residences from the simple to the stunningly opulent. A beautiful book for earth-based building enthusiasts."

"...a satisfying survey both for the professional "mudder" and for those who want a quick scholarly survey of earthen buildings from all over." (February 9, 2008)

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He has a knack for making people say "wow...very interesting."
Shelley S. Kelly
I bought this book because I'm very interested in rammed earth construction, and I was fascinated because it also includes other methods of construction with earth.
M Paloma Giottonini
Good for getting ideas about the potentials of earth building but not much else.
T. A. H.

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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By Midwest Book Review on April 14, 2009
Format: Hardcover
The world's first skyscrapers were built of mud brick and many famous Americans lived in earth houses at different points in their lives: this said, there have been few books on the contemporary architecture of earth houses, making EARTH ARCHITECTURE a real winner for any college-level arts collection. It surveys over forty projects and profiles the beauty of earth architecture, offering chapters covering new, creative uses of earth in buildings. Color photos throughout display projects and emphasize earth architecture achievement.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Shelley S. Kelly on January 29, 2009
Format: Hardcover
In this beautifully designed and written book, eartharchitecture.org founder and professor, Ronald Rael takes a close look at modern earth architecture and how it is a harmonious material in today's world. Earth Architecture exposes some of the most well-kept secrets in modern architecture, some historical references and beautiful photography of the most contemporary buildings in the world made of mud. In continuing my own research on mud architecture, I also found Rael to be a wonderful speaker on the topic in this live interview [...] Take a listen to the last 20% of this news broadcast to hear from Rael directly. He has a knack for making people say "wow...very interesting."
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Hollan H. Holmes on February 4, 2009
Format: Hardcover
This book is an integral part of my growing alternative architecture library. The images and text are inspiring, to say the least. Among the most attractive books on the subject currently being offered. Well written and well designed.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Paul A. Tomlinson on May 17, 2013
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3 stars for the pictures and the introduction.

The content is suited to those interested in architecture, not those intent on earth building.

Even the pictures mostly show larger elements of the building rather than details though some of the details are very interesting.

An architect probably would really like this book, but if you want to get rour hands dirty, do yourself a big favor and get "Earthbag Building: The Tools, Tricks and Techniques (Natural Building Series)"
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By T. A. H. on September 13, 2012
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More suited to those interested in architecture than earth building. The pictures mostly show larger elements of the building rather than details. Each building gets only a few pages, usually four. One page is usually text or mostly text. The text is rarely or never critical of the buildings depicted. Good for getting ideas about the potentials of earth building but not much else.
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