- Hardcover: 208 pages
- Publisher: Princeton Architectural Press; 1 edition (October 22, 2008)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 1568987676
- ISBN-13: 978-1568987675
- Product Dimensions: 9 x 1 x 9.5 inches
- Shipping Weight: 1.8 pounds
- Average Customer Review: 10 customer reviews
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,612,046 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
"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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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)"
Compre este libro mas que nada por que tengo interes en la construccion con tierra apisonada, pero este libro me sorprendio con informacion relevante de otros metodos de construccion con tierra. El libro es muy descriptivo y tiene excelentes fotografias. Me hubiera gustado que tuviera mas dibujos de plantas y fachadas, pero aun asi es un libro excelente.
These are only two examples I have picked out from the first 47 pages I have managed to read. I have since given up reading any more.
The Introduction was informative and interesting, but the rest of the book is a series of pictures with little or no technical content, which is what I was looking forward to reading. Instead the book is full of meaningless wafflings. Very sorry I bought this book and will be trying to sell it asap, but not through Amazon where a prospective buyer might read this review.