Building New Hope from the “Ground” Up
The story of climate-friendly rammed earth construction
On 30th August 2008, a strong earthquake shook Panzhihua City at the intersection of Sichuan and Yunnan. Situated in Xin’an Township, Huili County, Liangshan Prefecture of Sichuan Province, Ma’anqiao Village was among the hardest hit areas. In response, the author, as part of the team from the Wu Zhi Qiao (Bridge to China) Charitable Foundation (“WZQ Foundation”), carried out a humanitarian mission. The experience has since inspired her exploration of the research on and demonstrations of traditional rammed earth housing, and further motivated her search for possibilities of utilising rammed earth construction for climate change mitigation.
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