rammed earth, construction, sustainable building material, Villa Savoye, building techniques, applying new materials to urban contexts, NYC
Rammed Earth has not yet been studied in terms of soil's inherent spatial qualities. This thesis aims to create a set of rules to follow when designing with Rammed Earth. Coupling physical testing and a series of interviews with experts, the rules are formed by manifesting natural qualities of soil as spatial manipulations. The outcome goal of this project is to broadcast soil as a material. Imagining a Rammed Earth intervention in today's world, the news about Rammed Earth would be spread as the headlining article in the New York Times. Aiming to educate a wide audience on Rammed Earth, this project will be set in Times Square, NY. New York is one of the global leaders in electronics, and also a source of massive pollution. My choice of Times Square as the site for this project will also visually and experientially juxtapose sustainability, in the form of soil, with the core of the unsustainable.
Murali, Megha, "Unearthed: Architect Invades Time Square with Soil" (2022). Architecture Senior Theses. 525.
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