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From Dust to Dwelling: Rammed Earth Strategies for Nepal

MArch Thesis 2021-22

Related Staff : Donn Holohan, Joshua Bolchover

Student: Maximilian Ferdinand Kaufmann

 

POSITION STATEMENT

This thesis shows how rammed earth construction can be utilized to create a prototypical design which provides economic and ecological post-earthquake rebuilding in Nepal. Iterative physical models served as the design methodology to test the relationship of three major design components, mass (rammed earth), frame (wood) and skin (wood). The design relies structurally on post-tensioned rammed earth modules as well as geotechnical base isolation for earthquake resistance. It is meant to provide ecological housing infrastructure that supports different modes of living. This method could serve as a prototype to prove that rammed earth infill housing can work in earthquake prone and dense urban environments.

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UNIVERSITY OF HONG KONG
FACULTY OF ARCHITECTURE