Interview with Peggy Reents and Thana Joe Uthaipattrakoon (nickname Joe).
Owen: I first heard about earth building in Thailand from Janell Kapoor of Kleiwerks International fame who said there are thousands of new earthen houses in Thailand. That really amazed me and so I’ve set out to learn the details about the modern earth building movement in Thailand. Are there really that many new earthen houses in Thailand?
Peggy: Yes, the movement has grown so quickly that we don’t know a good estimate of the total earthen buildings in Thailand but we estimate more than a thousand. So many people that have been trained in building have gone on to build that it is almost impossible to estimate. We frequently get calls from people either telling us what they have built after just seeing a building or asking us to build for them. What is most impressive is to keep in mind that Thailand is the approximate size of Texas and earth building has only become popular since 2001.
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