Message - Mud -Appropriateness as a building material for low cost housing ?

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Posted by  mukesh butail on January 24, 2003 at 22:28:28:

All of us know that mud or raw earth has been considered as a building material for the poor, even for poor if govt provide them housing using this material they won't appreciate it. Instead the houses provided by govt in most slum removal programmes are made with concrete and bricks (kiln fired). And they(residents of slum) appreciate because they can boast that they have a house built with such a good material, but - if any of the architecture student visit that slum then he/she will give the real picture to the so called n.g.os and govt authorities...hey i am not criticing their efforts but the approach is not good or appropriate.
So what can be done about this ....?
What i think is that the "mud" can play important role in today's building industry...but do remember that it should be eco friendly ...that means no electricity should be used to make it.
also it should generate some job for the poor....


After going through this webpage i have a notion that this topic is not suitable for this place , still i have a faith that students of architecture and architects will give me a good response.

we should here discuss about the following aspects of mud

1. how to improve its strenght (shear, compression, tensile)

2. how to make it water resistant.

3. what all additives should be used (like lime, reeds, cement etc)

4. buildings made with stabilised mud in india.

5. websites related to mud on global view.


Thank you all

Mukesh Butail

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