1st Edition

Earthen Architecture: Past, Present and Future

Edited By C. Mileto, F. Vegas, L. García Soriano, V. Cristini Copyright 2015

    Earthen architecture is widespread all over the world and demonstrates a significant richness of varieties both in application and in materials used. This book discusses and debates the lessons that can be learned from earthen architecture to create sustainable architecture today, both for the conservation of traditional existing buildings and the design and construction of new ones. It deals with the study of earthen architecture around the world in order to preserve our earthen built heritage and proposes these building techniques as a sustainable option for building a new architecture of the future.

    Earthen Architecture: Past, Present and Future will be a valuable source of information for academics and professionals in the fields of Civil Engineering, Construction and Building Engineering and Architecture.

    Organization and committees
    Conference support

    Plenary lectures

    Continuity of French rammed earth architecture
    H. Guillaud, S. Moriset & D. Gandreau


    A web map for Italian earthen architecture
    M. Achenza & C. Cocco

    The documentation and analysis of the earthen architecture in Saudi Arabia
    A.A. Alaidarous

    Earth-based architecture linked to charcoal making in north Aragon mountain ranges
    Q. Angulo, E. Monesma & A. Quiterio

    A pentagonal block home
    G. Barbeta & E. Navarrete

    Thermal improvement of rammed earth buildings by the inclusion of natural cork
    G. Barbeta & F.X. Massó Ros

    36 Thankas to promote the conservation of the Ladakhi earthen heritage
    M. Bertagnin, D.D. Antoni, A. Skedzuhn-Safir, M. Oeter & H. Vets

    The first Italian Rammed earth restoration guidelines
    G. Bollini & I. Parodi

    Jute fabric to improve the mechanical properties of rammed earth constructions
    S. Briccoli, M. Fagone, F. Loccarini & G. Ranocchiai

    Practices and demands in retrofitting of vernacular rammed earth houses
    A. Buzo, H.J. Cho, L. Genis & G. Paccoud

    Latest trends in rammed earth restoration in western Andalucía
    J. Canivell & A. Graciani

    Albacete fairground: Conservation of a singular rammed earth building
    C. Caro

    Restoration of the Rojano Tower in Lorca (Murcia, Spain)
    P.E. Collado

    Saint Anthony hermitage: An example of earth rammed wall in a reconquest church
    L. Cortés, S. Tormo, R. Marín & J. Pardo

    Ceramic connectors & culture connection
    V. Cristini & J.R. Ruiz-Checa

    A parameterization of brick-reinforced rammed earth in Valencian Region (Spain)
    V. Cristini, F. Martella, C. Mileto & F. Vegas

    Transdisciplinarity in rammed earth construction for contemporary practice
    M. Dabaieh & M. Sakr

    From refined to popular architecture. Mixed rammed earth walls with adobe reinforcements
    M. del Río & F. Jové

    C.A.S.A.—Central American Sustainable Architecture
    L. Di Virgilio & S. Parlato

    Stratigraphic analysis of earthen architecture: The mosque of M’Hamid El Ghizlane
    O. Domínguez, A. García & C. Moreno

    Air lime-earth blended mortars—assessment on fresh state and workability
    P. Faria, I. Dias, N. Jamú & V. Silva

    Earthen construction in Alto Arnoia river valley, Galicia
    A. Fernández

    The vernacular earthen architecture near Turin (Piedmont, Italy)
    F. Fratini, S. Rescic, C. Riminesi, M. Mattone, L. Rovero & U. Tonietti

    Evaluation of seismic behaviour of rammed earth structures
    R. Gallego & I. Arto

    Restoration of monumental rammed earth buildings in Spain in the last decade according to the 1% Cultural Program
    L. García Soriano, C. Mileto, F. Vegas & V. La Spina

    Early modern period adobe in Sicily: Recent finds
    M.L. Germanà

    The Ksar Sidi Bou Abdellah in Mdagra Oasis, Morocco
    T. Gil & P. Rodríguez-Navarro

    Puzzolanic materials for restoration of earthen architecture
    L.F. Guerrero, F.J. Soria & R.S. Roux

    The presaharian settlements of the Ziban: The persistence of Roman elements
    in native Islamic dwelling
    S. Haoui

    Earthen architecture’s on seismic areas: Costa Rica’s case
    I. Hernández

    Rammed earth consolidation techniques: Restoration of Talamanca del Jarama city wall
    E. Herrero

    From stone to rammed earth: The open plan architecture in Sinyent Farm (Valencia, Spain)
    F. Iborra & I. Matoses

    Contemporary rammed earth construction. Alexandre Bastos—creativity and maturity
    F. Jorge

    The fitness of earthen architecture
    C. Kraus

    Compressive strength of blood stabilized earthen architecture
    C. Kraus, D. Hirmas & J. Roberts

    Location and conservation of rammed earth in Chelva (Spain)
    M.Á. Lloría, J.A. Cantó & S.D. Lozano

    The walls construction system in Muza Tower (Benifaio, Spain)
    V. López, S. Tormo & T.M. Pellicer

    Design in Jericho: Contemporary earthen architecture and local cultural landscape
    F.M. Lorusso & S. Mecca

    The karsheef: Problems of cultural and environmental conservation
    G. Martines

    Characterization of external renderings of rammed earth constructions in the Algarve
    L. Mateus, J. de Brito & M.R. Veiga

    Masked defensive architecture. El portal de Massalavés
    I. Matoses

    Sequential organization for self-built earthen construction site
    S. Mecca & M. Achilli

    Restoration of rammed-earth monumental buildings 1980–2011, the Valencian Community (Spain)
    M. Mestre, L. García Soriano, M. Diodato & V. La Spina

    Conservation of earthen architecture in the United States of America: Some case studies
    C. Mileto & F. Vegas

    Innovation through a public construction using rammed earth in Alsace
    L. Piccon & A. Mesbah

    The other architecture: From natural caves to excavated housing
    B.P. García & J.C. Pérez Sánchez

    First considerations for an adobes mensio-chronology 287
    D. Pittaluga & R. Pagella

    T.E.R.R.E.—Technological Experiments and Research on Earth buildings
    S. Pollak & A. Fasoli

    An itinerary through Sardinian earth built villages
    E. Pusceddu

    Light Earth Designs: Natural material, natural structure
    M.H. Ramage, T. Hall & P. Rich

    Experimental rammed earth prototypes in Mediterranean climate
    L. Rincón, S. Serrano, L.F. Cabeza, B. González, A. Navarro & M. Bosch

    Inventory of Outat valley ksour in Morocco
    P. Rodríguez-Navarro & T. Gil

    Knowledge exchange for innovation in the vernacular rammed earth technique, Peru
    S. Rodríguez-Larraín, J. Vargas-Neumann, S. Onnis & R. Correa

    The Jiayuguan Fortress: Structural consistency and safeguarding programs
    L. Rovero & U. Tonietti

    Guidelines elaboration for a self-building manual with earth in Chiapas State, Mexico
    K. Sánchez

    Clay boards and panels—an innovative earth building product for drywall construction
    H. Schroeder

    Earth as a construction material conserving Addiriyah of Saudi Arabia
    M.S. Zami

    Architecture and landscape in Sharq al-Andalus. The conservation of an Islamic qarya
    A. Soler, R. Soler & E. Paredes

    Study of the Pre-Hispanic Road located in the PUCP Campus, Lima, Peru
    J. Vargas-Neumann, F. Jonnard, S.G. Zacarias & J.M. Robles

    Rammed earth and prestige in Rincón’s region, the Abbey House in Castielfabib, Spain
    À. Vázquez-Esparza

    Contributions of traditional façades to the thermal comfort
    J. Vercher, F. Cubel, C. Lerma, Á. Mas & E. Gil

    Author index


    C. Mileto, F. Vegas, L. García Soriano, V. Cristini