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Rammed Earth Construction, Politics and Society

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There are many advantages to earth constructions but the two main disadvantages are : compressive strength and labor costs. I've demonstrated the feasibility of it's strength in large projects (4 storeys high) using high safety factors. When it comes to labor costs, there are some interesting social aspects that might help to get around it, such as co-operative associations and participatory construction. Earth constructions are not just about using a natural material, nor are they about their amazing properties (hygronometry, source abundance, embodied energy, lifecycle assessment, locality…)…. they are also about politics and society.


  • Alexander McCormack
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