One Week Workshop on Compressed Stabilised Earth Block Design
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One Week Workshop on Compressed Stabilised Earth Block Design


Organised By: School of Architecture


Held on : 2nd to 7th July 2018


Venue : Aurovile Earth Instiitute, Pondicherry, Tamil-Nadu


The CSEB Design course covers all aspects of best-practice for the design of buildings built with Compressed Stabilised Earth Blocks (CSEB). Topics addressed include a general overview of earthen architecture, overall guidelines for earth construction, specific guidelines for CSEB construction, structural principles, detailing, and cost estimation of CSEB buildings.

Course contents:

The first half of this week combines theoretical lectures, presentations, practical exercises, and personal work with instructor's supervision and feedback, to give trainees the tools to design their own CSEB buildings:

  • Auroville Earth Institute presentation
  • Tradition & modernity of earthen architecture around the world
  • General design for earth buildings
  • Dimensioning a building & bond patterns
  • Hands-on bond pattern exercise (with actual blocks)
  • A case study on built projects
  • Project study example with AutoCAD
  • Structural components and principles
  • Demonstration of block making, building a plinth beam and a CSEB wall
  • Site visit

The second half of the week includes a design studio or “charette” for student designs (based on the AVEI concept plan):

  • Bond patterns
  • Foundation plan & calculation
  • Basement, plinth ring beam and reinforcement
  • Lintel ring beam, precast lintels and reinforcement
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