Design Talks: Rammed earth Construction
Date(s): Wednesday, April 26, 2017
Time: 5:30 PM - 7:30 PM
Location: Sioux Falls Design Center, 108 West 11th Street
Visiting scholar, Dr. Steve Burroughs, from the University of Canberra, Australia, will discuss the history and methods of rammed earth construction. Dr. Burroughs will also discuss the important research on this form of sustainable architecture made by Dr. Ralph Patty at SDSU during the 1920s and 1930s.
Rammed earth construction is an ancient form of architecture used all over the world. It is both sustainable and thermodynamic, and unlike adobe, can be used in humid climates. Dr. Patty was the first in the US to approach this building technique with scientific research methods. He tested soil compositions, construction techniques, and skin treatments. His research is the basis for modern rammed earth construction techniques. Follow the link to read more about Dr. Steve Burrough: