Bamboo, mud, “green” and earthquakes?

from “Eddy” via Core 77.  

“Could be the new housing trend in SF greenhome building…”


“The benefits of mud construction aren’t just confined to the Third World, [Environmental engineer Dominic Dowling] says. “Look at the massive amount of energy required to build modern houses using steel and concrete. There’s the energy required to make those materials, and transport those materials. “If you can make something from the earth, it can be sourced very close to the location. And, at the end of the day, it can all just be returned to the earth. It’s got to be the way of the future.”

We’re thinking probably not the best idea for San Francisco, but it would be interesting to see a 40 story mud and bamboo highrise filled with bankers in suits. We can only imagine the elevator and muddied leather shoes.

Green Houses that stand up to ‘quakes [Core 77 Design Blog]

Design feat that’s down to earth [The Sydney Morning Herald]

A rectangle on end on the Great Highway [theFrontSteps]

2 thoughts on “Bamboo, mud, “green” and earthquakes?

  1. Bamboo reinforcments? Mud huts?


    Next, we’re all gonna trade in our bmw’s and benz’s for a donkey.

    No offense, but the reason our houses and buildings (the new ones anyway) won’t fall down in the next quake is precisely that we engineer them with steel and concrete…that’s why we’re not a 3rd world country.

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