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Earth Made – Building a modern mud house

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Earth Made – Building a modern mud house

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PREMISE
The art of building with earth is an ancient one that has stood through the test of time. Archaeological evidence can date entire cities constructed of the earth back over 10,000 years – the City of Bam, Persia, Babylon, Yemen, and the great wall of china are the few examples.

Modern fashion of the 20th century created a break in the millennia-old developments – with earth being exploited and polluted with processed materials. Although earthen construction has been widely used for centuries, it has been subjected to criticism due to a series of misconceptions. It has been associated with the limited technique, last resort when no other building material is available, and particularly vulnerable to seismic events. On the contrary, history has proved that earthen architecture has been adopted by choice.

Another major roadblock for practicing earth architecture is the disbelief that houses made of earth can attain a maximum height of 1-2 stories. The lack of possible vertical planning leads to over exploitation of land as a resource. However, Shibam, a city in Yemen debunks the above belief by building mud towers (100ft) built in the 16th century.

If humankind could attain this with limited technology and knowledge, why can’t we build it better today?
Despite the fact that mud has proven to be beneficial in various aspects, why is it that it’s not used more often? Is it the problem of the mud itself or is this merely a problem of the modern mind?

CHALLENGE

The practice of earth architecture can prove to be a humanitarian step by providing homes for those who can’t afford it. At the same time a well-executed earth architecture design can help in removing the stigma that earth architecture is poor architecture.
The aim is to design a modern apartment building using earth architecture techniques. The designed structure should be such that it becomes an icon of polished sustainable living that is on par with modern construction materials.


Short Description

Despite the fact that mud has proven to be beneficial in various aspects, why is it that it’s not used more often? Is it the problem of the mud itself or is this merely a problem of the modern mind?




Organizer

Unyt

Link to Competition

Link to Registration form

Prizes

Prizes:
Prize pool of worth 20,000$
First Prize: 5000$ (For students and professionals)
Runner Up: 6 x 1100$ (For students and professionals)
People’s Choice: 4 x 600$ (Open for all)
Honorable Mention x 12: 500$ Each

Type of Competition

Open to the public/Minimum requirements (Open to anyone that complies with the requirements), Single stage (Winners selected immediately)

Who can Participate

The minimum eligible age for participation is 18 years.
There is no restriction on the degree of design disciplines to participate in the challenge.
Participation in the competition can happen in a team as well as an individual.
The maximum numbers of participants in a team are 4.

Dates and Time Frame

Registration Opens May 4, 2020
Registration Closes October 19, 2020
Deadline to Submit Project November 3, 2020
Winners announcement Date December 31, 2020

Languages

English

Location of Competition

Accra, Ghana

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