Earthen architecture around the world

Earth has been used for eleven millennia and today remains the most widely used building material around the world. One third of the total human population lives in a building made of earth - more than two billion people in 150 countries. Earthen architectures, simple and monumental, are present in a diversity of contexts and meet a vast array of needs.

CRAterre: more than 30 years of involvement

Since 1979, CRAterre, the International center for Earthen architecture, has worked towards the recognition of earth materials as a valid response to the challenges linked to the protection of the environment, the preservation of cultural diversity and the fight against poverty.

In this perspective, CRAterre's three main objectives are centred on:

• Optimizing the use of local resources, human and natural
• Improving housing and living conditions
• Valorising and promoting cultural diversity.

CRAterre has assembled a multidisciplinary team of researchers, professionals, lecturers and trainers, working in collaboration with many partners, as a means to establish creative links between research, on-the-field activities as well as training, knowledge dissemination and sensitization activities.


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Journée de tables rondes « Patrimoines : enjeux d’avenir »

Journée de tables rondes « Patrimoines : enjeux d’avenir »

L’Institut de France accueillera la Rencontre mondiale Patrimoines, Sciences et Technologies du 13 au 16 février 2019. Organisé par l’Académie des sciences et IPANEMA, en étroite collaboration avec le CNRS et sous l’égide du Groupe Interacadémique pour le Développement, cet événement sera la première manifestation scientifique d’envergure internationale à se tenir dans ...

 
Created 21 January 2019

World Habitat Award 2018

World Habitat Award 2018

"Special Mention" awarded to CRAterre for his actions in Haiti since 2010, highlighting the originality of our approach which, in partnership with many organizations with whom we do want to share this distinction, combines relevant and effective research to actions on the ground valuing intelligences of local constructive cultures. For more information: https://www.world-habitat.org/world-habitat-awards/winners-and-finalists/promoting-local-building-cultures/#award-content ...

 
Created 18 December 2018

Call for paper: Raw earth architecture and construction. Historical, sociological, and economic approaches

Call for paper: Raw earth architecture and construction. Historical, sociological, and economic approaches

The fifth Cross-disciplinary exchange on raw earth constructions (Échanges transdisciplinaires sur les constructions en terre crue) will take place in Montpellier, France, in October 2019. It follows four other meetings (2001, 2005, 2008, 2016) focusing on major earth building techniques (pisé, cob, mud bricks, wattle and daub), finishing processes, and the manufacture of objects and furniture. ...

 
Created 11 December 2018

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This newsletter aims at keeping you informed about training opportunities, the most interesting coming events, as well as on a selection of our most interesting projects. Further to this basic information, it allows you to directly reach the web pages where the full information is available. Read CRAterre's newsletter

 
Created 28 November 2018

Collaboration avec l’université Kongo de Mbanza-Ngungu

Collaboration avec l’université Kongo de Mbanza-Ngungu

In collaboration with the Free University of Brussels (ULB) and the University of Liège (ULiège), CRAterre (ENSAG) accompanies the Communal University of Mbanza-Ngungu (UK) in the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC) to set up a Master training in architecture and urbanism in situated territories. This 5 year-programme (2018-2022) is financed by the Belgian Academy of Research and Higher Education ...

 
Created 27 November 2018 - Updated 28 November 2018

First International Workshop on Earthen Architecture, World Heritage City of Yazd: Conservation Problems and Challenges

First International Workshop on Earthen Architecture, World Heritage City of Yazd: Conservation Problems and Challenges

First International Workshop on Earthen Architecture, World Heritage City of Yazd: Conservation Problems and Challenges. Workshop / Atelier, in Yazd, on 10th to 16th February 2019. Objectives:     - Further recognition of earthen architecture values;     - Pathologyand identification of adobe and earthen architecture;     - Discussion and survey on earthen ...

 
Created 26 November 2018

Rendez-vous pro en Drôme: construire en terre

Rendez-vous pro en Drôme: construire en terre

Vendredi 16 novembre 2018, participez au Rendez-vous pro en Drôme sur le thème "Construire en terre. Architecture, technique, réglementation: où en est-on?". Lieu de la rencontre: Espace rural d’animation de la Haute Vallée de l’Herbasse à Miribel (Drôme). Programme de la journée

 
Created 06 November 2018

Inauguration de la Maison pour Tous à Four

Inauguration de la Maison pour Tous à Four

Les étudiants du master 1 "Architecture Environnement & Cultures Constructives" de l'ENSAG, encadrés par Keith et Marie Zawistowski, ont réalisé un projet de maison pour tous, avec et pour la commune de Four en Nord Isère. Mardi 13 novembre 2018 à 11h venez assister à l'inauguration de cette Maison pour Tous, projet pédagogique porté par le Master AE&CC de l’ENSAG ...

 
Created 26 October 2018
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