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History & Basics of Adobe Construction (2018)


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Format: 6-Week Online Class
Dates: April 2 to May 13, 2018
Credits: 3
Location: Online Instruction via Canvas
Instructor: Kurt Gardella

This course focuses on the fundamentals of making your own adobe blocks - a great way to learn the basics of adobe construction. We begin with a historical overview of adobe architecture in the Southwest of the USA. We cover soil selection & testing, block production, transport and storage. We also look at alternative earthen building traditions and techniques used around the world and why adobe makes sense for the owner builder.