Rammed earth construction at Harvard’s Graduate School of Design.

About Mudhall

Mud Hall is a project initiated by Harvard University’s 2012 Loeb Fellows to promote awareness about rammed earth construction and to challenge conventional thinking about green building. Raw earth is the most plentiful and sustainable building material on the planet,  yet architects rarely incorporate it into their designs. To demonstrate the potential of mud and clay for everyday buildings, the Loeb Fellows are enlisting 25 students at Harvard’s Graduate School of Design to construct a rammed earth structure at the entrance to the school’s celebrated Gund Hall. Mud Hall is meant to offer an alternative to the current orthodoxy about sustainable construction. This blog will chronicle the evolution  of the Mud Hall project, and offer detailed information about the rammed earth process.

4 responses

  1. Matthew Jelacic

    Congratulations! This looks great.

    I’d be interested in comparing notes about earthen construction. I’ve been working with the Crow Tribe in Montana to create affordable/sustainable homes using CEB.

    Matt Jelacic, LF’04

    March 26, 2012 at 9:57 am

    • Nice to hear from you. I think you should contact our mud architecture specialist Anna Heringer, ah@anna-heringer.com. We also had a volunteer from UNM Taos who knows a lot, architect Marc Goldman. If you’re out this way, please come see our MudWorks project.

      Best wishes,

      Inga Saffron
      2012 Loeb Fellow

      May 1, 2012 at 12:28 pm

  2. Teresa Sancha Braamcamp Mancelos Beirão

    I am a portuguese architect that works with mud construction for more than 25 years. I oriented the construction of about 20 hoses in “taipa” in the soud of Portugal. I would like to see and to talk about your construction wille I’m in Boston. The next week i will be here near Boston. Wo is the person to whom I can talk?

    May 1, 2012 at 9:46 am

    • Hi Teresa –

      When do you get here? I (Inga Saffron) will be gone next week, but Architect Anna Heringer and GSD student Caroline James should be here. Anna’s email is ah@anna-heringer.com. Let me know if you have a problem. Please come see our MudWorks at the GSD! Best wishes, Inga

      May 1, 2012 at 12:24 pm

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