Building with Straw

Design and Technology of a Sustainable Architecture

Gernot Minke and Friedemann Mahlke

Birkhaüser, Basel, 2005


out of print

Economical, ecological: designing and building with straw. Building with straw bales is a technique pioneered a century ago in the state of Nebraska. In recent years there has been a renaissance in the use of straw as a building material largely in the American Southwest, but also in Canada, France, Holland, Germany, Austria and China. Straw is a renewable source with excellent insu lating properties. It is a cheap and easy-touse option for self-builders, and even large-scale structures can be erected using timber framework filled with straw. This book is a practical, hands-on guide to building with straw. Fire safety, protection against moisture, damp, pests and parasites are treated in detail. Numerous on-site photos document the process of assembly and construction step by step. 30 exemplary international projects illustrate the wide spectrum of design possibilities with straw.

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ISBN: 9783764371715

143 pages, 27,9 × 22 cm, colour illustrations, paperback, English