Is earth construction hold resistant?
A century and a half ago in Europe, nobody would have asked this question. And today in the rest of the world, neither, considering that one third of the world's population lives in earthen buildings. And yet, we hear this [→]
Architecture of survival
« Our current architecture violates common sense. » This was the observation made by Yona Friedman in 1978 in his book The Architecture of Survival, which still resonates with such accuracy today. In this book, the architect asks himself the question [→]
A carbon sink in my house?
If you are interested in the climate, you have probably heard the term 'carbon sink' or 'negative emissions'. While this concept is valuable in the case of a forest, it is not so simple in construction. Why is this so? [→]
Mens sana in domus sana
In Europe and Switzerland, we spend on average 80% of our time indoors, whether in the office, on transport or at home. Just as we need to take care of our natural environment, it is important to take care of [→]
The « international style »
From Bangkok to Zurich to Dubai, the same towers and "architect's houses" all made of concrete and glass, the emblematic product of globalisation. An image of modernity at a high price, to the detriment of a clean culture, the climate [→]
The contribution of buildings to climate change
In Switzerland, the construction sector is a driving force in the economy, accounting for 6% of GDP, but people don't realise that the building sector's share of global CO2 emissions - and therefore of climate change - is 40%. No, [→]