Msambweni Earthbag Project

Nearly finished earthbag house in Kenya
Nearly finished earthbag house in Kenya

ÔÇťAnother project to be carried out in June 2015 is the build of a round earthbag house. The filling material of the polypropylene bags will be on-site soil which makes this construction method literally ‘dirt cheap’. Our County Governor Salim Mvurya and some officers from Msambweni are already greatly interested in the result. During the build people will be on-the-job trained to enable them employing the earthbag construction technique in future undertakings on their own.

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Flexible Form Rammed Earth Construction (Earthbag Construction) Part 1


Very good video about building earthbag domes that shows half a dozen or so innovative ideas I haven’t seen before. I can’t think of another video or project where I’ve seen so many new interesting building tips. So hat’s off to The Roundtable that’s building these domes in Uganda.

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Mysterious Stone Circles of South Africa


From time to time, just for fun, we cover fascinating stories about ancient structures. I’m intrigued by the work of Michael Tellinger who’s been researching and documenting ancient stone structures in southern Africa. By his estimate the ancient stone circles in southern Africa comprise the largest, most extensive stone archaeological site on the planet. Mainstream archaeologists say this area was sparsely populated with just a few thousand people in ancient times. However, Tellinger estimates that the stone circles number in the millions. So who built these structures that strangely have no doors or entrances and ring like bells?

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Round Earthbag Village Library

Earthbag village library in Kenya
Earthbag village library in Kenya

Here is the round earthbag village library I have almost completed. I have seen your inspiring works with earthbags and am happy to inform you that I am also into green building here in Kenya. I have done a demo house using earthbags and will be going for the next level of building as eco friendly training school using this method. We would want to include off grid power eventually but that is for the future.

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Africa Vernacular Architecture Database

One of the many houses in the Africa Vernacular Architecture Database
One of the many houses in the Africa Vernacular Architecture Database

“Welcome to the data base on African vernacular architecture.
There is very little information available on vernacular architecture of Africa…. this data base is the only source on line to view images of vernacular structures in every African country.

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