Buildings of the Earth & Indigenous Architecture

Passive solar, low-impact, environmentally friendly architecture.

Adobe, rammed earth, earthships, earth shelters, cob and overview of world’s use of earth to make homes.


Week 1    6 January                 Overview of Earth buildings, ideas of thermal mass and passive solar. Bioclimatic design.

Week 2    13 January             Adobe, slump-block

Week 3    20 January             Rammed Earth

Week 4    27 January             Earthships and earth shelters

Week 5    3 February             Cob and other straw-earth building types

Week 6    10 February           Overview

Reading Reference List

Adobe Builder (magazine)-"Inter-Americas constructor-builder"

Boyer, Lester L. and Grondzik, Walter T. -"Earth Shelter Technology"

King, Bruce P.E. - "Buildings of Earth and Straw"

McHenry, Paul Graham Jr.  "Adobe and Rarmmed Earth Buildings, design and construction"

Mazria, Edward-"The Passive Solar Energy Book"

Pearson, David-"The Natural House Book"

Reynolds, Michael – "Earthship, Vol. I, ii, iii

Tibbets, Joseph M-"The Earthbuilders’ encyclopedia

Van Der Ryn, Sim-"Ecological Design"

Wells, Malcolm  "Gentle Architecture" and "How to Build An Underground House"