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Stanford University Earthbag Project — 4 Comments

  1. This does seem like a very practical soilution to this problem. I would like to see some results from Stanfords testing. The actual method/cost construction is unbeatable, and one major plus factor is the bags are easy to transport, and almost anyone can build one of these. If there is any access to Stanfords results would love to take a look at the seismic graph test.

  2. I am glad to hear that some Stanford engineering school graduates are doing this. With no formal training in architecture or engineering, I ventured into earthbag and natural building work in Nepal recently and I must say this has been the most satisfying work in my life. It is also amazing how important information–on all aspects of building, from the structural issues around seismicity to specific works on natural plasters or coloring–comes handy through this website as well as other resources online. Once I am in it, it appears there is no going back to anything else.

    Saying this, on this specific query about adobe housing in Nepal, yes, people have been building adobe houses for generations in Nepal, and it has been only three decades since the cement, fired-brick, steel construction came to dominate the building landscape. Most of these building, including the adobe–are and used to be self-built and based on practical knowledge which did not include knowledge about structural issues. The Capital city, Kathmandu, is going to be reduced to rubble in the case of any major earthquake and sadly, much of Nepal and other regions spanning the Himalayas are in very high seismic risks. And therefore, designing for seismicity is very crucial and I am very keen to learn more about structural issues that you guys are working on in Peru.

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