My exposure to adobe construction
prior to building this house was minimal.
We recommend that the batch recipes and results from this study be used only as a starting point for actual adobe construction
Although adobe is still used to build homes throughout Latin America, China, and Africa, adobe construction
in America has nearly vanished in favor of cement, drywall, and two-by-fours.
On the other hand, the most important feature of adobe construction
is their ability to breathe.
After a brief look at adobe's history, the book surveys adobe's advantages as a building material, illustrates adobe construction
techniques with b&w photos and construction drawings, and explains facts and myths of energy conservation with adobe.
Just inside the entrance, a portion of 18th-century adobe construction
is exhibited, protected behind glass.
The park boasts 11 handsomely restored structures that show off Monterey colonial architecture, the style incorporating wooden balconies that became a popular element in adobe construction
La Madera, a wood-products cooperative in northern New Mexico, produces latillas, vigas, and kiva ladders for the specialized Santa Fe adobe construction
The towns of Talca and Curico, which were closest to the epicenter, have suffered major damage and there are reports that much of Curico, in which adobe construction
still dominates, has been leveled; however, such buildings are unlikely to have been insured.
Eventually, a section in the middle of the building will feature some restored murals and a wall with part of the original adobe construction
Some 55 miles north of Santa Fe, the museum includes outdoor demonstrations in bread baking, woodcarving, adobe construction
, and pottery making.
Over there in the kitchen is an exposed wall, showing the crude adobe construction