Earthen architecture around the world

Earth has been used for eleven millennia and today remains the most widely used building material around the world. One third of the total human population lives in a building made of earth - more than two billion people in 150 countries. Earthen architectures, simple and monumental, are present in a diversity of contexts and meet a vast array of needs.

CRAterre: more than 30 years of involvement

Since 1979, CRAterre, the International center for Earthen architecture, has worked towards the recognition of earth materials as a valid response to the challenges linked to the protection of the environment, the preservation of cultural diversity and the fight against poverty.

In this perspective, CRAterre's three main objectives are centred on:

• Optimizing the use of local resources, human and natural
• Improving housing and living conditions
• Valorising and promoting cultural diversity.

CRAterre has assembled a multidisciplinary team of researchers, professionals, lecturers and trainers, working in collaboration with many partners, as a means to establish creative links between research, on-the-field activities as well as training, knowledge dissemination and sensitization activities.


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Earth Building UK and Ireland conference and workshop week: CLAYFEST June 8th to 13th 2015

Earth Building UK and Ireland conference and workshop week: CLAYFEST June 8th to 13th 2015

Earth Building UK EBUK have run successful conferences around the country for the past 8 years. This year we are raising our goals and running four days of workshops followed by a conference and tours of local earth buildings. The renaissance of earth building in the UK reflects not only the beauty and utility of the material but also the pressures of rising building costs and the need for ...

 
Created 18 May 2015

Festival Archi Matières

Festival Archi Matières

Le Pays Voironnais organise le festival Archi Matières du 8 au 14 juin 2015. L'Atelier Alba réalisera une installation en terre crue avec une performance musicale et dansée (Troupe Processus Vital) qui aura lieu lors du décoffrage de la pièce, le samedi 13 Juin de 16h à 17h. Dans le cadre de ce festival, il y aura aussi un atelier de sensibilisation aux techniques de restauration du ...

 
Created 07 May 2015

14ème édition du Festival Grains d’Isère

14ème édition du Festival Grains d’Isère

CRAterre, amàco, Les Grands Ateliers and their partners are happy to invite you to the 14th Grains d’Isère Festival on earthen architecture. The Festival will take place from May 27 to May 30 at the Grands Ateliers in Villefontaine and proposes 4 days open to the public and free of entry for exploring the extraordinary characteristics of the material earth around the theme « Challenges ...

 
Created 02 April 2015 - Updated 18 May 2015

Exhibition Grains de Bâtisseurs in Evry till Saturday 13th of June, 2015

Exhibition Grains de Bâtisseurs in Evry till Saturday 13th of June, 2015

Earth is raw material. Since thousands of years, men are using this material for the construction of their houses, also in France. After being put aside for years and replaced by its near cousin concrete since the early fifties, earth is now making its comeback. The ecological, economic, social and cultural advantages of earth start to seduce the modern architects again. Thanks to many ...

 
Created 20 April 2015 - Updated 24 April 2015

Terra 2016, 11-14 of July 2016 in Lyon : call for proposals

Terra 2016, 11-14 of July 2016 in Lyon : call for proposals

Terra 2016 is the twelfth in a series of international events organized since 1972, bringing together academics, professionals and experts, and a broad audience gathering around earthen architectures.  The congress is organized under the aegis of the ISCEAH Committee of ICOMOS international, in the framework of the UNESCO World Heritage Earthen Architecture Programme (WHEAP).   ...

 
Created 10 October 2014 - Updated 24 April 2015

Karibu Kilwa: Kilwa district heritage resources

Karibu Kilwa: Kilwa district heritage resources

Publication of the catalogue on the cultural heritage of Kilwa in Tanzania. This document is an inventory of the touristic sites around Kilwa: fishermen’s villages, salt marshes, islands, architectural heritage, natural sites, geological curiosities, fauna etc. Click here to download the document

 
Created 02 April 2015 - Updated 20 April 2015

Enduits de terre

Enduits de terre

Clay Plaster training material has been brought into Estonia, Finland and Sweden in the “Northern Clay Plaster Project, Professional Qualification for Working with Natural and Sustainable Building Materials”, shortly NCPP. For more information : www.northernclay.eu Using earth or clay as building material has a century old tradition in these countries, but in the last 50 years, ...

 
Created 19 March 2015 - Updated 02 April 2015

7èmes rencontres du réseau « espace rural et projet spatial » intitulées : « Transition énergétique et ruralités contemporaines. Enjeux architecturaux et territoriaux / stratégies de projets »

7èmes rencontres du réseau « espace rural et projet spatial » intitulées : « Transition énergétique et ruralités contemporaines. Enjeux architecturaux et territoriaux / stratégies de projets »

Les 18,19 et 20 novembre 2015, le réseau  « espace rural et projet spatial », en association avec l’Ecole Nationale Supérieure d’Architecture de Grenoble (ENSAG) organise ses 7èmes rencontres intitulées : « Transition énergétique et ruralités contemporaines. Enjeux architecturaux et territoriaux / stratégies de projets » CONTEXTE ET OBJECTIFS ...

 
Created 18 March 2015
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