Thursday, January 05, 2006

What the F?

F is for Fun!

Fun is learning about Rammed Earth which used to be considered a low cost housing alternative available to everyone, but is being marketed as something very complex and expensive.


How the F did we get so far from the fundamental truth of the medium (flexibility and feasibility) to the present macabre fascination with finance and formwork? Has this fantastic way of building fallen prey to the fallacies and failures of our post modern fuck-you-hooray-for-me way of doing things?

Fenton, F. C. Use of Earth as a Building Material.
Kansas State College, Engineering Experiment Station Bulletin No. 41, 1941. 34 pages.

Fitzmaurice, Robert. Manual on Stabilized Soil Construction for Housing.
Technical Assistance Program, United Nations, New York, 1958. 125 pages

Fitzmaurice, Robert, and Rosenak, S. Experiments on Stabilized Soil Wall Construction in Burma.
Technical Assistance Administration, United Nations, New York, 1956.

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