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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16e festival Grains d'Isère

16e festival Grains d'Isère

The 16th festival Grains d'Isère will open its doors to public on 2017, 26th of May, 10h – 17h. Around a huge heap of adobe earth in the north of Isère, France, professionals, visitors, architects, entrepreneurs, artisans, students, engineers, scientists, artists, scholars, families and curious are invited to discover together the incredible potential of this material. They are asked ...

 
Created 11 April 2017

Workshop « Layer by Layer » - Building with erosion

Workshop « Layer by Layer » - Building with erosion

From 10th to 16th 2017, the Domaine du Bois Buchet welcomes for the second time the workshop ‘Layer by layer – Building with erosion’ focused on rammed eath construction. The architect Timur Ersen together with ama?co will drive particpants in the challenge of building a tea house with rammed-earth walls supporting an existing bamboo roof. Registrations on line here.  ...

 
Created 10 April 2017

Special Training session PRO-PAILLE for students

Special Training session PRO-PAILLE for students

Amàco and the French Network for Straw Construction (RFCP) get together and put forward a special traning session of PRO-PAILLE for students. PRO-PAILLE is a training course about professional rules of straw construction. This traning qualification is open to 25 students only. Provisional registrations on line until May 12th 2017. More information: http://www.amaco.org/webapp/website/website.html?id=101&read=true&pageId=1691 ...

 
Created 10 April 2017

Professional training course « Building with load-bearing straw and Spattering earthen coat »

Professional training course «  Building with load-bearing straw and Spattering earthen coat »

From May 22nd to 26th 2017, amàco organises a new traning course for professionals dedicated to load-bearing straw construction and earthen coat spatter. The training scheme is intended for all building trade workers : craftmen, building companies, architects, engineers, researchers, materials producers, self-builders. Registration available until April 27th 2017. More information : ...

 
Created 10 April 2017

Professional traning course « Building with poured earth »

Professional traning course «  Building with poured earth »

From July 17th to 21st 2017, amàco organises a trainig course dedicated to an innovative construction technique : poured earth. Through a series of exercices, feedbaks, creative and pratical workshops, all participants will learn how to build with poured earth in a pluridisciplinary way in order to know every production and application principles of this technique. The training course ...

 
Created 01 February 2017 - Updated 10 April 2017

Inauguration du prototype d’habitat Terra Nostra à Grenoble

Inauguration du prototype d’habitat Terra Nostra à Grenoble

Le prototype Terra Nostra sera inauguré le vendredi 10 mars 2017 à Grenoble, à la Bifurk. Après avoir été exposé durant 4 mois et visité par plus de 3000 personnes, remonté sur le site de La Bifurk à Grenoble en partenariat avec l’aménageur de la ville – la SPL SAGES, le prototype d’habitat Terra Nostra sera inauguré à 17:30 en présence du maire de Grenoble – ...

 
Created 23 February 2017 - Updated 10 April 2017

Lyon Declaration

Lyon Declaration

The Lyon Declaration is online! You may read the text in french, english and spanish here: https://craterre.hypotheses.org/1404

 
Created 08 February 2017 - Updated 10 April 2017

Lectures pour petits et grands autour de la matière Terre

Lectures pour petits et grands autour de la matière Terre

Lecture déambulatoire dans le centre de documentation du CRAterre, centre de recherche spécialisé sur l’architecture de terre. Extraits de textes mêlant poésie, sciences et contes autour de l’élément terre en tant que matière à construire, matière à dire, matière à réflexion, matière à s’amuser, à toucher, à manipuler, à s’émerveiller et à déguster. Dégustation ...

 
Created 13 December 2016
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