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The documentation center

A unique collection on earthen architecture and local building cultures

The documentation center's historical collection was created on the initiative of CRAterre's founders back in the 1970s, and has been constantly enriched over the years as a result of researchers' field missions, team members' productions, new acquisitions and donations from partners, making it a unique documentation service today.

This collection includes over 18,000 documents (printed, iconographic and audiovisual) in the fields of earthen architecture and construction, as well as other related themes such as world heritage, vernacular architecture, construction techniques using bio- and geo-sourced materials, home improvement, archaeology, natural risk reduction, etc. It is local (Rhône-Alpes region), national and international in scope. Its scope is local (Rhône-Alpes region), national and international. The collection also covers more than 150 countries and contains documents in 25 different languages.

Consult the collection

The entire documentation collection is referenced in an online catalog. Some resources are available in digital format, and can be accessed online from the catalog's bibliographic records.


The library is open to all (researchers, students, professionals and the general public) by appointment only:

Educational tools

To promote earth as a natural raw material, a local resource, a material of the future and a sensitive subject, CRAterre is setting up a series of educational and awareness-raising initiatives aimed at schoolchildren.

Plané'terre program

The Plané'Terre discovery and awareness-raising program offers specific educational, training and dissemination schemes, with the aim of helping to educate schoolchildren from kindergarten to secondary school, meeting the training needs of teachers and raising awareness among the general public.

The workshop program is combined with training courses for teachers planning to take part in long or short educational initiatives (school projects, EPI), as well as training courses for volunteers from cultural and heritage associations.

Training courses are organized on request, and teaching materials are made available free of charge to teachers and associations, for actions aimed at schoolchildren or the general public.

The program also aims to participate, collaborate, disseminate, lead and initiate scientific and artistic awareness-raising initiatives aimed at the general public, families and children. The aim is to promote knowledge and practices, both ancient and contemporary, concerning earthen materials and earthen architecture, in line with sustainable development and local dynamics.

Elementerre educational kit

ÉLÉMENTERRE is an educational tool developed by CRAterre to help architecture and engineering students, construction professionals, schoolchildren and the general public, adults and children alike, discover the properties of earth materials and understand why and how it's possible to build with raw earth.

ÉLÉMENTERRE offers participants intense moments of experimentation and discovery. Invited to carry out simple scientific experiments, they develop a direct, tactile, playful, surprising or spectacular relationship with the material earth, and discover that earth, such a common yet little-known material, is made up of grains - pebbles, gravel, sand and clay - water and air. By combining them, we obtain a solid material that can be used to construct buildings and homes capable of withstanding centuries of use. This is how we move from grain to architecture.

ÉLÉMENTERRE offers an introduction to earthen architecture around the world, based on a global approach to sustainable development.

ÉLÉMENTERRE is a pedagogical tool that develops a new understanding of earth as a material, enabling participants to be more open to creation and innovation.

ÉLÉMENTERRE is the result of research carried out at the CRAterre Laboratory, part of the École Nationale Supérieure d'Architecture de Grenoble, around the Grains de Bâtisseurs research program. More precisely, it is a research program directed by Hugo Houben, based on the work on granular matter initiated by Pierre Gilles de Gennes, winner of the Nobel Prize for Physics in 1991, which gave rise to a new teaching tool, the ÉlémenTerre kit developed by ethnologist Nathalie Sabatier and architect Alba Riverotion.

Matter & Emotions Workshop

The Matière et Émotions art workshop combines the scientific and artistic discovery of earth with the children's bodies and words to describe their sensations and emotions:

  • Express your emotions with your body, then with traces, imprints and signs, dots and lines, the first gestures made with the hand tool.
  • Invent and tell a story about this learning experience
  • Create an art exhibition based on all these expressions.

Grains de bâtisseurs

An age-old building material, raw earth is a resource with ecological, social and economic qualities for the construction industry. Like most natural materials, earth is still underestimated today. amàco's matières à construire workshop is an opportunity to rediscover the inherent qualities of raw materials that are close at hand, and their relevance to construction needs. Whether it's earth or plant fibers, amàco studies them by crossing scientific, technical, artistic and architectural cultures to reveal their nature, behavior and constructive and aesthetic potential.

To help people understand how it's possible to build with the raw materials that surround us, amàco films simple scientific experiments. These videos reveal surprising physico-chemical behaviors and unexpected beauty, inviting us not only to consider these natural materials differently, but also to understand the value of using them in contemporary architecture. Several video series are available: Grains de bâtisseursMatières à construireMatières. The Construire en terre crue series shows construction techniques and links up with the scientific videos.

This educational content, the result of research work, feeds into amàco's training activities in higher education establishments, as well as with professionals, supporting them in their construction projects using bio-geo-sourced materials.

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Photo library

\\ NOUVELLES ACQUISITIONS //Le centre de documentation CRAterre vient d'acquérir de nouveaux ouvrages.Venez les découvrir à l'@ensa_grenoble du mardi au jeudi de 9h30 à 17h.#book #rawearth #ecologicalbuilding #librairie #bibliotheque #livre #terrecrue #ecologie
𝔼𝕤𝕡𝕒𝕔𝕖 𝕕𝕖 𝕞𝕖𝕕𝕚𝕒𝕥𝕚𝕠𝕟 𝔼𝕝𝕖𝕞𝕖𝕟𝕋𝕖𝕣𝕣𝕖 Le 5 décembre, CRAterre a accueilli une classe de 5ème venant de l'Eyrieux (Ardèche) dans le cadre du Fonds Vittorio Luzzati.A cette occasion, les élèves ont eu l'opportunité de découvrir les propriétés de la matière terre grâce à la présentation de la mallette ElemenTerre, de réaliser des blocs de pisé, de visionner le documentaire d'animation Redux, de consulter de la documentation sur la construction et le patrimoine en terre et d'échanger avec les chercheurs de l'équipe.Cet événement s'est déroulé dans le nouvel espace de médiation de l' @ensa_grenoble dédié à la terre crue. L'aménagement de cet espace a été rendu possible grâce à un financement de l'@universitegrenoblealpes dans le cadre du projet "Science Avec et Pour la Société"#terrecrue #rawearth #meditation #mediationscientifique #enfant #science #vulgarisation #laboratoire
ℂ𝔸𝕃𝕃 / 𝕋𝕖𝕣𝕣𝕒 𝔼𝕕𝕦𝕔𝕒𝕥𝕚𝕠𝕟 𝕀𝕍 : ℂ𝕙𝕒𝕟𝕘𝕚𝕟𝕘 𝕊𝕔𝕒𝕝𝕖 | ℂ𝕙𝕒𝕟𝕘𝕖𝕣 𝕕’𝕖́𝕔𝕙𝕖𝕝𝕝𝕖 | ℂ𝕒𝕞𝕓𝕚𝕒𝕣 𝕕𝕖 𝕖𝕤𝕔𝕒𝕝𝕒⏰ Deadline Nov. 26, 2023➡️ the middle of the last century, efforts have been made to better exploit the potential of earth as a building material. All over the world, interest in earthen architecture is growing, and research centres are multiplying, as are training efforts.However, the major projects carried out in the 1970s did not become widespread. Their appropriation has often remained at the prototype or demonstrator stage. A situation which is not always easy to decipher. Is it lack of support from public authorities? Lack of interest from professionals? Lack of standards? Inadequacy for widespread use?The Terra Education IV conference aims to take stock of this phenomenon(s) and to decipher the underlying mechanisms and/or strategies, in order to better integrate them into the research and training programs of the UNESCO Chairs network, and beyond. What actions have been taken and what conditions have been put in place to facilitate the implementation of large-scale projects? What partnerships have been established? What technological developments or construction processes have been developed? What scale of development is most appropriate for the sector (industrial, semi-industrial, artisanal, etc.)? Shouldn’t strategic approaches be systematized, including the complementary activities of research, training, experimentation, support, etc.?#earthenarchitecture #heritage #innovation #contemporaryarchitecture #rawearth #education
ℂ𝔸𝕃𝕃 𝔽𝕆ℝ 𝔸ℙℙ𝕃𝕀ℂ𝔸𝕋𝕀𝕆ℕ𝕊 / ℙ𝕠𝕤𝕥-𝕞𝕒𝕤𝕥𝕖𝕣 « 𝔸𝕣𝕔𝕙𝕚𝕥𝕖𝕔𝕥𝕦𝕣𝕖 𝕕𝕖 𝕥𝕖𝕣𝕣𝕖 » 🕞 Deadline 28 février 2024Registration for the DSA "Earthen Architecture, Constructive Cultures and Sustainable Development" for the 2024-2026 session is open until February 28, 2024. This DSA is a post-master training enhanced by a diploma of specialization and deepening (DSA) in architecture, authorized by the Ministry of Culture and delivered by the Grenoble School of Architecture.Its aims to respond to international social demand in areas relating to earthen architecture professions.More information ➡ #rawearth #architecture #postmaster
𝕆ℂ𝕋𝕆𝔹𝔼ℝ ℙℝ𝕆𝔾ℝ𝔸𝕄Retrouvez l'équipe CRAterre tout au long du mois d'octobre dans différents événements.Du 6 au 14 octobre - Festival Ouverture Exceptionnelle : la compagnie des Fées Rosses et Le Colectivo Terron interviendront dans le cadre du projet IdEX de l’UGA porté par le laboratoire CRAterre de l’ENSAG afin de présenter leur recherche-action “MATIÈRE À PENSER, MA TERRE À PENSER”.Le 12 octobre - Webinaire "Matériaux de construction décarbonés, terre crue et typha" : Olivier Moles présentera l’outil informatique IMPEEC permettant de mesurer les différents impacts des matériaux et d’identifier le meilleur choix en fonction de critères environnementaux et socio-économiques.Le 13 octobre - 7ème Rencontres Doctorales Nationales en Architecture et Paysage : Julien Nourdin présentera les méthodes de recherches mises en place dans le cadre de sa thèse pour développer la construction en terre crue.Le 14 octobre - Maroc post-séisme. L’architecture mise à l’épreuve, comment réédifier la résilience" : Philippe Garnier interviendra sur la thématique "Naviguer l’après-séisme : le défi du temps long de lareconstruction"Le 19 octobre - Earthen Architecture heritage "Earthen technologies" :Bakanirina Rakotomamonjy en sa qualité de présidente du thème Technologie interviendra aux côtés de Julieta Barada
// Projet e-CoLos (suite) \\Cette semaine avait lieu la deuxième partie du chantier d'isolation de la Maison des 24h du campus de l'@universitegrenoblealpes Le chantier a été réalisé par les étudiants de l'@ensa_grenoble ainsi que les équipes de CRAterre (@ur.aecc) et de 3SR.Avec la participation de @elllhenry, @_gwennaelle et Laurent#briquedeterrecrue #terrecrue #enduit #isolation #chantier
// Projet e-CoLoS //En ce moment, sur le campus @universitegrenoblealpes, les équipes de CRAterre @ur.aecc, du laboratoire 3SR et les étudiants de l'@ensa_grenoble isolent thermiquement la maison des 24h à partir de briques de terre allégée.PORTES OUVERTES DU CHANITER LE 4 JUILLET, DE 15H-19H#chantier #isolation #isolationthermique #pedagogie #terrecrue #terreallégée #recherche
[NEWSLETTER] La nouvelle newsletter de l’équipe CRAterre est en ligne.Découvrez les actualités des 6 derniers mois :🚧 10 projets (France, Pakistan, Espagne, Égypte, Soudan, Burkia Faso, Haïti, El Salvador, Somalie)🎓 4 Formations (France, Arabie Saoudite, Palestine)🎙 3 Événements à venir et 1 événement en replay,📚 14 nouvelles publications,🌍 Chaire UNESCO "Architecture de terre" (2 workshops et 1 séminaire à venir).A noter : les journées portes ouvertes du Festival Grains d'Isère auront lieu le 24 mai 2023 de 10h à 20h à Villefontaine (Les Grands Ateliers).Pour consulter la newsletter, rdv sur #patrimoine #habitat #materiaux #recherche #formation #publication #terrecrue #earthenarchitecture #heritage #buildingmaterials #research #training #rawearth
𝟮𝟭° 𝗙𝗘𝗦𝗧𝗜𝗩𝗔𝗟 𝗚𝗥𝗔𝗜𝗡𝗦 𝗗’𝗜𝗦𝗘𝗥𝗘 : fin de la première semaine.1. Atelier CAPSULE EXPÉRIENTIELLE © Sébastien Moriset2. Atelier T’AIR BLOC © Eva Zaccaro3. Atelier COBBAUGE © Sébastien Moriset4. Atelier MUR A MUR © Eva Zaccaro5. Atelier MUR A MUR © Sébastien Moriset6. Atelier T’AIR BLOC © Eva Zaccaro7. Atelier T’AIR BLOC © Sébastien Moriset8. Atelier CAPSULE EXPÉRIENTIELLE © Sébastien Moriset9. Atelier T’AIR BLOC © Sébastien Morise10. Atelier T’AIR BLOC © Eva ZaccaroRetrouvez tout le détail des ateliers en suivant le lien en bio !➡️ RDV le mercredi 24 mai pour découvrir les ateliers sur place#experimentation #terrecrue #architecture #pedagogie #construction #building #earthenarchitecture #rawearth #pedagogy@les_grands_ateliers
𝟮𝟭° 𝗙𝗘𝗦𝗧𝗜𝗩𝗔𝗟 𝗚𝗥𝗔𝗜𝗡𝗦 𝗗’𝗜𝗦𝗘𝗥𝗘Le mercredi 24 mai, venez vivre le festival Grains d’Isère lors de la traditionnelle journée portes ouvertes !🟤 Participez aux ateliers pédagogiques et scientifiques Elémenterre pour comprendre pourquoi et comment il est possible de construire en terre ;🟠 Découvrez les ateliers préparés par les professionnels et les étudiants de l’@ensa_grenoble;🟡 Flânez dans l'exposition « Patrimoine en mouvement » coproduite par la @citedelarchi et la @fondationdupatrimoine ;🟢 Écoutez les témoignages de professionnels sur leurs pratiques et partagez avec eux vos réflexions et vos questions sur l'utilisation de la terre dans la construction ;🔵 Parcourez une sélection d'ouvrages sur l'architecture et la construction en terre dans la bibliothèque éphémère du festival.---📅 Date : 24 mai 2023, de 10h à 20h📍 Lieu : Les Grands Ateliers, 96 Boulevard de Villefontaine – 38090 Villefontaine🖍 Conception graphique : Damien Rocher (@dam_rocher) et Eva Zaccaro👥️️ Partenaires et participants : @ensa_grenoble @les_grands_ateliers @ur.aecc @craterre_ @misereor @les_compagnons #asterre #CAPI @cobbauge @valsdudauphine @villedevillefontaine @versus.heritageforpeople #LesFeesRosses