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El Jicarito Earthbag School Update — 4 Comments

  1. Yes, Governor’s Island is stunning, with amazing views all around. I’m so glad the developers didn’t get a hold of it.

  2. I checked out the MARL site. It looks interesting and they seem to really “get” the concept of earthbags. In their drawings they showed designs for free standing wall structures, which brings up a age old question for me. In my experience with earthbags they need to be covered by some kind of roof or rendered with some outer layer for protection from sun and rain. I’ve often puzzled on how to do that for a free standing wall. If you render them with cement, the cement will retain water and eventually mold and turn black. Lime will breathe, but quickly gets worn away by the elements. Any thoughts on how to protect a free standing earthbag wall that would not be cumbersome or take away from its asthetic?

    • Good question. Maybe they can tell us how they’re going to protect the earthbag walls. I wonder if swimming pool cement or something similar would stop wicking of moisture.

      The MARL project is in New York by the way. That’s pretty amazing, especially for a high profile public structure.

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