by Jean Yau, Bachelor of Design Studies Candidate
Architects, construction managers and workers, and anyone fascinated by trends and movements within the industry ought to check out Earth Architecture. How half the world uses natural materials to build their homes is what this site is all about.
Dirt—as in clay, gravel, sand, silt, soil, loam, mud—is everywhere. The ground we walk on and grow crops in also just happens to be the most widely used building material on the planet. So, you'd be surprised as to how and what you can do with just with our natural resources. The Earth Architecture website focuses on architecture constructed of mud brick (adobe), rammed earth (pisé), cob, compressed earth block or other methods of earthen construction and is one the web for open discussion, images, and another resource to a designer's list.
Markus Kayser - Solar Sinter Project from Markus Kayser on Vimeo.
The Solar Sinter Project deals with questions of energy production and raw material shortages, by Markus Kayser experiments the potential of desert manufacturing, where energy and material occur in abundance. Solar-sintering is the thought of future manufacturing and the potential efficiency of energy resource, the sun.
We architects and designers always strive to find definite answers, and this definitely puts a fresh thought to our thinking caps.