For several thousand years, in dry climates throughout the world, we have been constructing homes using sun-dried earth.
Traced back to ancient Middle Egyptian, the word adobe is translated as “mudbrick.” Adobe bricks are formulated from a mixture of organic materials; the binding element being mud consisting of either sand, silt, or clay, and then mixed with straw, sticks, or dung. In modern times, adobe bricks are reinforced with steel or emulsified asphalt. With exceptional thermal mass, after exposure to radiation from the sun and convection from the surrounding air, adobe will distribute the warmth it stored throughout the day to the interior of the structure during the cooler nights experienced in desert climates.
Across the globe, architects have become marvelously creative with adobe structures. With sleek, curved surfaces of walls, built in shelves, seating, and stairways, one could imagine themselves to be living within a fine art sculpture.
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