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Archilab’s Earth Buildings – Brayer and Simonot (2003)

**Archilab’s Earth Buildings – radical experiments in land architecture.
Marie-Ange Brayer and Beatrice Simonot. Thames and Hudson 2003**.


Seldom do we get sent a book for review that I find so abhorrent that I am unable to finish reading it. Initially attracted by the title, ‘Earth Buildings’, I imagined a collection of beautiful cob and rammed earth houses. Oh dear. Although the book itself barely deserves a review in my opinion, it raises for me a number of interesting questions about modern architecture.

Despite being hailed as “projects by thirty of the most innovative practices working today…(who) confront and offer proposals and solutions to such issues as dwindling resources, land engineering, the city as ecosystem and the sensitive development of brown sites