About poetry, engineering and Three Little Pigs [Introduction to the Polish edition of "Building with straw: design and technology of a sustainable architecture" by Gernot Minke]

Kolakowski, Marcin (2015) About poetry, engineering and Three Little Pigs [Introduction to the Polish edition of "Building with straw: design and technology of a sustainable architecture" by Gernot Minke]. In: Podręcznik budowania z kostek słomy: Podsawy, knstukcje, przykłady. Fundacja Cohabitat. ISBN 9788394122508

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Abstract

Natural architecture in contemporary building industry must battle with myths. All too often people presenting the most rational arguments in support of straw bale architecture face superstitions and have to (metaphorically or literally) hear the story about three little pigs. It seems that the problems of natural architecture are not so much technological but cultural. This is why promoters of natural building methods need more knowledge and substantiated arguments in order to reply to widespread ignorance.

Building with straw bales is a technique pioneered a century ago in the state of Nebraska. In recent years there has been a renaissance in the use of straw as a building material largely in the American Southwest, but also in Canada, Australia, France, Holland, Germany, Austria and China. Straw is a renewable resource with excellent insulating properties. It is a cheap and easy-to-use option for self-builders, and even large-scale structures can be erected using timber framework filled with straw. This book is a practical, hands-on guide to building with straw. Fire safety, protection against moisture, damp, pests and parasites are discussed in detail. Numerous on-site photos document the process of assembly and construction step by step, whereas 30 exemplary international projects illustrate the wide spectrum of design possibilities with straw.

Keywords:Straw bale, Natural Architecture, Building materials, Gernot Minke
Subjects:K Architecture, Building and Planning > K210 Building Technology
K Architecture, Building and Planning > K100 Architecture
K Architecture, Building and Planning > K450 Housing
Divisions:College of Arts > School of Architecture & Design > School of Architecture & Design (Architecture)
ID Code:17988
Deposited On:25 Jul 2015 12:57

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