In Senegal, the ancient art of “raw earth” architecture makes a comeback

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Cement production is a major source of carbon dioxide emissions – and so is the air-conditioning used to keep cement-built homes cool in African and Asian heat. In Senegal, designers are combating both of these problems by reviving the ancient art of “raw earth” architecture – building using earth bricks that require very little energy to make, and which keep homes naturally cool.  Architecture firm Worofila and brickmaker Elementerre are pioneering the raw earth renaissance in the West African country – part of a wider movement aimed at re-imagining this millennia-old technique to produce environmentally friendly and aesthetically pleasing buildings for a climate-changed world.


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