Josep Fuses documents a series of projects he has completed, beginning with a competition for housing in Barcelona. He presents a project for a public park, explaining the goal of a flexible, communal space. A project for the Mediterranean coast was intended to delineate the border between public beaches and private houses. Fuses concludes with a discussion of his design principles, identifying a preference for simple construction techniques, and freedom from care and tradition.
Video Archive | Construction techniques (3)
Bilge Isik demonstrates the ubiquity of earth brick, and rammed earth construction. She describes her development of a new gypsum mixture for stabilized earth construction, and describes construction with this formula. This mixture has several advantages, such as reducing shrinkage, and preventing moisture penetration in walls. It also cures quite a bit faster than traditional rammed earth mixtures, and requires earth with a lower clay content.
Harwell Hamilton Harris discusses his early projects, covering topics such as material applications, construction techniques and budgetary concerns. The majority of the projects presented are residential projects based in 1930’s Southern California. Harris also discusses technical concerns such as radiant heating systems and his interest in responsiveness to local climate.