Rael's engaging narrative addresses the misconceptions associated with earth
architecture. Many assume that it’s only used for housing in poor rural areas –
but there are examples of airports, embassies, hospitals, museums, and factories
that are made of earth. It’s also assumed that earth is a fragile, ephemeral
material, while in reality some of the oldest extant buildings on the planet are
made of earth. Rael also touches on many topics that pervade both architecture
and popular media today, such as the ecological benefits and the politics of
building with earth, particularly in developing nations where earth buildings
are often thought of as pre-modern or backward. With engaging discussion and
more than 300 images, Earth Architecture showcases the beauty and simplicity of
one of humankind’s most evolved and sophisticated building technologies.
Hardcover / Dustjacket, English, 2009
23,4 x 22,4 x 2,5 cm, 208 p.
318 illus., 222 in color.
€ 31,90 / CHF 53,90 / $45,00 / 28,00
Published by - Princeton Architectural Press - www.papress.com,
distributed by - Chronicle Books - www.chroniclebooks.com
and Springer - www.springer.at