Un’impressionante raccolta di progetti scelti tra i più rappresentativi dell’impegno di Martin Rauch nell’esplorare tutte le potenzialità dell’uso della terra in architettura. I testi, editati da Otto Kapfinger e Marko Sauer, sono corredati da un ampio apparato illustrativo.
For over 25 years, Martin Rauch has been at the forefront of research and development in all aspects of rammed earthed construction. As proper design with earth can only come from truly understanding the material, he would now like to share his experience and knowledge of this construction material in a design manual. The publication goes beyond projects to focus on structural elements, such as the design and layout of floors, walls, ceilings and openings, which are clearly explained with detailed project information from structures previously realised by Martin Rauch. Various examples help to illustrate how to overcome structural engineering difficulties in earth construction and the design possibilities that result from these solutions. Essays about earth as a material and its particular aspects in the areas of building biology, building physics and construction permits complete this fundamental work. Martin Rauch’s experience of over 25 years of practical application in earth construction – from design details and craftsmanship to prefabrication and industrial production – is used in a wide range of various solutions for specific design tasks using completed structures as examples.