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Modern Earth House Rebuild and Sustainable Development Research Demonstration Project in Macha Village



Traditional rammed earth walls were members that were rammed from raw earth layer by layer using tools such as pestle or hammer etc.With modern construction technology, rammed earth materials, ramming equipment and ramming technology can all be improved to enhance the safety and durability of rammed earth buildings.

This project aims to demonstrate a modern rammed earth building technology which can be promoted in Northwest China. Under guidance of the International centre for research and application of earth construction, and with the engineering practice of some pilot projects, this project highlighted the selection and mixing of raw earth materials and improvement of ramming technology.


Location: Macha Village, Huining County, Gansu Province, China

Date: 2011-

Building type: Village house reconstruction and demonstration project


Project architects and key team members: MU Jun, ZHOU Tiegang, Hugo Charly Gasnier, Quentin Arya Romain Chansavan

Sponsor: Swire Properties Limtied / Wu Zhi Qiao (Bridge to China) Charitable Foundation


Research and publication:

-ZHOU Tiegang, PENG Daoqiang, MU Jun, etc..(2012).Research and Application of Modern Rammed Earth Wall Construction Technology.Construction Technology,41,39-42.


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