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with Earth - A Guide to Flexible-Form Earthbag Construction"
By Paulina Wojciechowska
comprehensive guide to building with earthbags
(earth filled bags/sandbags). It also describes:
of building without using any clay
or wood, concrete or steel.
domes, vaults and arches as
well as ideas on other types of roofs.
The basic principles of building with earth
when clay is present.
ways to create beautiful and durable earth finishes.
based plasters for weather protection.
how to plan your own earthen dwelling.
many resources on ecological construction
- paper 8x10 200 pages
- 180 illustrations
- 100 b&w photos
- ISBN 1-890132-81-0
- Chelsea Green Publishing
informative book on earth construction demonstrates how to
build a structure, cheaply and robustly with earth using the
earthbag technique. Paulina, using excellent illustrations
and photographs, details every step of the process from design
of the walls, buttresses, foundations and roofing, to the
particularities of setting out the building on site, and its
construction. Because mud is a material vulnerable to attack
from water it is essential to get all the important details
It is fascinating to see the ancient arts of clay puddling
and gravel back-filling revived in this quite new building
system that uses either hessian, burlap or polypropylene bags
filled with the mixed with water and often with cement or
lime. Rows of these bags are gradually elevated on top of
each other and tamped into place, with lines of barbed wire
between them to fix one row onto the other.
resulting walls, domes and vaults have remarkable organic
forms that are topped off with roofs finished with grasses,
patties, shingles or more conventional timber trusses and
tiles. What is very interesting is to see new designers reinventing
mud features, like the exterior mud bench, that I have excavated
6000 year old examples of in Mesopotamia where later scribes
called them ‘kisu’ in cuneiform tablets written in over 4500
years ago. Perhaps what we see described in Paulina’s book
is actually a building construction system of the future,
as well as one of the past. If
so it is fortunate we have such a comprehensive ‘how to’ manual
for the mudbag builders of tomorrow.
is a delightful book and has lots of lessons on the basic
construction that apply to many building types, not just those
of flexible-form earthbag construction.”
Professor Susan Roaf (author of the book: “Ecohouse – A design
Energy-Efficiency Building Programme, Oxford Brookes University