Session

Architecture and Spatial Planning

Description

. It is widely believed that historic urban fabrics make an important contribution to foster identity and a sense of belonging for local people. To restore historic buildings, particular vernacular structures, is therefore an important contribution to achieve urban structures that deal with and respect local people with their particular way of living. One such historic element is earth construction, and in this case earth constructions of the central and eastern Europe region. Earth constructions turned out to be beneficiary for the micro climate, because of the material's ability to balance between day and night temperatures. Earth constructions are also environmental friendly because the material is at the building site and it can be maintained easily. Besides, earth buildings and villages have a distinct character, which were developed over centuries. Finally, earth constructions could play an essential role in the process of making cities green, and therefore some techniques have to be developed to bring earth constructions to big cities and make them green and environmental friendly Unfortunately, earth constructions are declining and are used only in outlying regions. To understand this old technique, and to bring back the knowledge to local people as well as sensitize governments and stakeholders is essential to help fostering earth buildings,. This is the focus of the contribution, where earth constructions in Central and East Europe are focused on and first results will be presented.

Keywords:

Earth, environmental architecture, vernacular architecture

Proceedings Editor

Edmond Hajrizi

ISBN

978-9951-550-13-0

First Page

20

Last Page

24

Location

Durres, Albania

Start Date

7-11-2015 9:00 AM

End Date

7-11-2015 5:00 PM

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Architecture Commons

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Earth buildings – reintroducing an old technique for green cities

Durres, Albania

. It is widely believed that historic urban fabrics make an important contribution to foster identity and a sense of belonging for local people. To restore historic buildings, particular vernacular structures, is therefore an important contribution to achieve urban structures that deal with and respect local people with their particular way of living. One such historic element is earth construction, and in this case earth constructions of the central and eastern Europe region. Earth constructions turned out to be beneficiary for the micro climate, because of the material's ability to balance between day and night temperatures. Earth constructions are also environmental friendly because the material is at the building site and it can be maintained easily. Besides, earth buildings and villages have a distinct character, which were developed over centuries. Finally, earth constructions could play an essential role in the process of making cities green, and therefore some techniques have to be developed to bring earth constructions to big cities and make them green and environmental friendly Unfortunately, earth constructions are declining and are used only in outlying regions. To understand this old technique, and to bring back the knowledge to local people as well as sensitize governments and stakeholders is essential to help fostering earth buildings,. This is the focus of the contribution, where earth constructions in Central and East Europe are focused on and first results will be presented.