The beauty of earth building – Japan

I have recently returned from an architectural tour of Japan. The country never ceases to amaze me in the precision and care put into each and every detail… even (or especially) when the buildings are made from just clay and bamboo – which are the traditional building materials there. One mission we have at AuwaEarth is…

Peter Stutchbury Foundation Brazil trip 2016

In the latter part of 2016 Rebecca was invited by the Peter Stutchbury Foundation to join Peter and his partner Fernanda on their inaugural trip to the north of Brazil to design and construct an extension to a children’s day-care centre. The project was located in a village in the outskirts of Salvador, which was…

TERRA 2012 Earthen Architecture Conference, Lima Peru

I have just returned from presenting a paper at ‘TERRA 2012’ – the foremost conference for earthen architectural preservation and conservation in the world. It is a UNESCO-partnered conference that aim to broaden perceptions about earthen architecture in the world and to provide support for research and methods for earthen architectural historical preservation as well…

Wattle and Daub walls

We finished the second instalment of wattle and daub panels in Hamilton Public School recently. They were built as part of the ‘Harmony Week’ celebrations – and what better way to come together then getting your feet and hands in the mud with your friends. The kids and I had a great time making the…

Newcastle Fairshare Festival

AuwaEarth were invited to participate in the ‘Fairshare’ Sustainabilty Festival held in Hamilton Public School recently. We proposed constructing a ‘wattle and daub’ wall during the festival to educate about how it’s possible to make beautiful walls without bricks or mortar – using a technique common to Australia 150 years ago but since forgotten. We…