31 Mar '14, 8pm

Mud Homes of Asir

The climate is moderate ranging from 12o C (54o F) to 21o C (70o F) leaving no month without rain and an east wind that carries dust from the desert. Centuries of living in these conditions gave birth to stone homes in the hills and mud homes in the valleys. The mud (clay) walls, about 50cm (20 inches) thick, rest on a stone layer. They are built upwards in stages allowing each layer to dry, each capped with protruding stone slabs. The clay walls slope inwards and reduce in thickness as they get higher. This reduces the materials and the pressure of the lower walls. The clay walls rise higher at the corners mimicking the architecture of the stone buildings, but the most striking feature are the slates protruding from the walls which cascade the rain away from the vulnerable clay. For more detail download the notes on the Vernacular Architecture of the Asir . What makes the...

Full article: http://naturalhomes.org/asir-mud-house.htm

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