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2. TECHNIQUES - Compressed earth bricks (CEB - CSEB) -

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The brick Kiln house is coming up! Stone foundation and compressed stabilized earth blocks (CSEB).
Read more about the project here.

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We developed a prototype of a bus-stop for the village of Leubringhen, to be used by students and travelers in the region. “An opportunity to demonstrate ecological materials in a public space” was the brief given to us. We built it with poplar wood and Compressed stabilized earth blocks (CSEB) with a green roof. The design was conceived with a solar panel that lights up the inside as the sun is very rare in this region during winter.  The bus-stop had to protect against the stong winds in the pas-de-calais region.

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The huge interior wall gave plenty of room for creative freedom. We drew a map of the region  highlighting all the local treasures, using non-toxic paints and plenty of enthusiasm from the village children.

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Here is the old grandma we received last week. No disrespect in calling her that… she has already a few years of hard-work behind her and after pressing Earth blocks for a few houses she really required a makeover!
We just settled in south India, in a village 12 km from Mysore where we are planning on building a cow shed and staff quarters for our small organic farm. An opportunity for us to take the time to explore different construction techniques with the local materials and skills.
This Mardini Press might not be the next candidate for some high-tech award but it is robust, extremely simple and can produce up to 500 compressed earth blocks per day which is more than enough for our needs.
It could be an alternative for the COB technique which has been used locally for ages but is labor intensive and comes with more structural restrictions. We will definitely explore the possibilities of rammed earth, adobe, as well and keep you updated.
We just wanted to share with you our excitement after producing our first brick with this newcomer!
Happy New Year 2015 to everybody! Keep creating, keep sharing.

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