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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UNESCO Chair and the UNITWIN network: report of activities 2014

UNESCO Chair and the UNITWIN network: report of activities 2014

The UNESCO Chair annual report of activities 2014 « Earthen architecture, building cultures and sustainable development » is a collective report that has been elaborated with contributions of several institutions, members of the UNITWIN network. This report gives a global vision of the activities of the Chair and its network and shows an overall increase of the investments in ...

 
Created 20 July 2015 - Updated 24 July 2015

The conservation of the World Heritage properties : a major challenge for Mali

The conservation of the World Heritage properties : a major challenge for Mali

The Malian cultural heritage has been suffering unprecedentedly during the crisis. For UNESCO, the government of Mali and its partners, the essential role that the cultural heritage is playing in the peace process and the social cohesion is evident. The rehabilitation of the damaged cultural heritage is not only about the material reconstruction, but also about identity and dignity issues, ...

 
Created 20 July 2015 - Updated 24 July 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 15 July 2015

TERRA AWARD - First international prize for earthen contemporary architectures

TERRA AWARD - First international prize for earthen contemporary architectures

The Research unit LABEX AE&CC-Lab CRAterre-ENSAG, the amàco project, the Grands Ateliers, the CRAterre association and EcologiK/EK magazine took the initiative under the auspices of the UNESCO Chair « Earthen architecture, construction cultures and sustainable development » and as part of the TERRA 2016 World Congress, to launch the TERRA Award, first international prize for earthen ...

 
Created 03 June 2015 - Updated 15 July 2015

The Second International and Specialized Congress on Troglodytic Architecture

The Second International and Specialized Congress on Troglodytic Architecture

RICHT is planning to organize the Second International Troglodytic Architecture Conference in 7-8 October 2015 in Tehran. Building on the first national Conference held in 2012 in Kerman, this one tries to cover the widest possible studies and researches all around the world. Poster of the conference For more informations: www.sicota.ir/index.php?sid=1&slc_lang=en

 
Created 15 June 2015 - Updated 15 July 2015

Stage art + matière

Stage art + matière

L'Atelier Matières à Construire, amàco, et le Colectivo Terron organisent du 6 au 11 juillet 2015 le stage ART + MATIERE, aux Grands Ateliers à Villefontaine.  Cet atelier créatif expérimental proposera aux participants de découvrir les particularités de la matière à travers les regards interdisciplinaires de la science, des arts ...

 
Created 08 June 2015 - Updated 15 July 2015

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 - Updated 03 June 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 03 June 2015
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