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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Soutenance de thèse de Thiago Lopes Ferreira

Soutenance de thèse de Thiago Lopes Ferreira

Vous êtes tous conviés à la soutenance de thèse de Thiago Lopes Ferreira le jeudi 18 décembre à 14h en amphi Simounet à l'ENSAG. Titre de la thèse: Architectures vernaculaires et processus de production contemporains : Formation, expérimentation et construction dans une communauté rurale au Brésil. Ecole doctorale "Sciences de l'Homme, du Politique et du Territoire" ...

 
Created 15 December 2014

Two new exhibitions on earth construction in Paris

Two new exhibitions on earth construction in Paris

Two new exhibitions on earth construction in Paris starting in December ! Grains de Bâtisseurs Building with earth, from material to architecture From December 13th 2014 to March 14th 2015 Considering sand castles in a different way L’Espace des Sciences Pierre-Gilles de Gennes hosts till March 2015 an exhibition on building with grains. The material ...

 
Created 28 November 2014 - Updated 04 December 2014

New publication: "Reconstruire Haïti après le séisme de janvier 2010: réduction des risques, cultures constructives et développement local"

New publication:

The present work is a synthesis of the cooperation between many Haitian and international organizations who have decided to unite their forces and knowledge in order to deal in the best possible way with the problems caused by the reconstruction of the housing environment following the earthquake in January 2010. The proposed approach is the result of deliberations made during several international ...

 
Created 27 November 2014 - Updated 28 November 2014

Revalorisation de maisons en torchis en Colombie

Revalorisation de maisons en torchis en Colombie

Les Zones rurales en Colombie ont comme caractéristique la construction de maisons en torchis, en particulier pour les plus démunis, parfois en situation de grande pauvreté. Largement dévalorisé dans l’imaginaire local, ce patrimoine est souvent mal entretenu, se dégrade, ce qui rend ce bâti plus vulnérables aux risques liés au changement climatique. Cette situation est particulièrement ...

 
Created 14 November 2014

Newsletter n°6, November 2014

Newsletter n°6, November 2014

This newsletter aims at keeping you informed about training opportunities, the most interesting coming events, as well as on a selection of our projects. It allows you to directly reach the web pages where more information is available. Read the newsletter

 
Created 14 November 2014

Festival Paroles indigo

Festival Paroles indigo

Dans le cadre du festival Paroles Indigo à Arles, nous vous proposons d'assister samedi 8 novembre 2014 à 15h à la Conférence - Débat Architectures de terre en présence d'Houda Kassatly et d'Hubert Guillaud. L'existence en Syrie de maisons à coupoles en briques de terre crue est attestée depuis au moins 5000 ans et l’architecture en terre constituait jadis au Liban la norme dans la plaine ...

 
Created 29 October 2014

Programme AfriCAP2016: lancement du site Internet

Programme AfriCAP2016:  lancement du site Internet

AfriCAP2016 est un programme triennal de formation / action cofinancé par l'Union européenne dans le cadre d'ACPCulture+. Il est mis en oeuvre et cofinancé par 7 partenaires de 4 pays : Craterre, l'AIMF, l'Ecole du Patrimoine Africain, les Grands Ateliers et les communes de Nikki au Bénin, Télimélé en Guinée Conakry et Grand Bassam en Côte d'Ivoire. Le programme est structuré ...

 
Created 16 October 2014

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 17 December 2014
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