Author(s): Gernot Minke
Prof. Dr. Gernot Minke is a professor at Universitat Kassel, where he leads the Forschungslabor fur Experimentelles Bauen. He has long concerned himself with developments in ecological building, and he has dealt with the building material clay in theory and practice since 1977. His book Building with Straw was also published by Birkhauser.
I The Technology of Earth Building; 1. Introduction; 2. The properties of earth as a building material; 3. Preparing of loam; 4. Improving the earth's characteristics by special treatment or additives; 5. Rammed earthworks; 6. Working with earthern blocks; 7. Large blocks and prefabricated panels; 8. Direct forming with wet loam; 9. Wet loam infill in skeleton structures; 10. Tamped, poured or pumped lightweight loam; 11. Loam plasters; 12. Weather protection of loam surfaces; 13. Repair of loam components; 14. Designs of particular building elements; 15. Earthquake-resistant building; II Built Examples Residences Cultural, Educational and Sacral Buildings; III Appendix; Future prospects; Measures; Bibliographical references; Acknowledgements; Illustration; credits.