Earth USA 2017

The Ninth Conference


Date: September 29, 30 and October 1, 2007
Location: Scottish Rite Center, Santa Fe, NM
Organizer: Adobe in Action

 Earth USA 2017 Group Photo

Earth USA 2017 Group Photo

 

About Earth USA 2017


Earth USA 2017 was the Ninth International Conference on Architecture and Construction with Earthen Materials initiated by Adobe in Action.

The formal conference took place from Friday, September 29 to Sunday, October 1, 2017 in Santa Fe, New Mexico, USA. The conference was held in the Alhambra Theater of the Santa Fe Scottish Rite Center (463 PASEO DE PERALTA SANTA FE, NM 87504). Earth USA 2017 indicated a wider field of interest than previous conferences and includes adobe, rammed earth, compressed earth block (CEB) and monolithic adobe (cob). Any material or method that uses clay as a binder was considered.

Earth USA 2017 - Activities

  • Three days of podium presentations and poster sessions on topics related to the current state of architecture and construction with earthen materials (Friday, September 29 to Sunday, October 1, 2017).
  • Friday evening Speaker Meet & Greet for all conference attendees sponsored by The Earthbuilders' Guild.
  • Tours to local earthbuilding sites of interest in and around Santa Fe, New Mexico on Sunday afternoon (October 1) and Monday, October 2, 2017.
  • Post-conference earthbuilding workshops are being planned by Adobe in Action for early and mid-October.

Earth USA 2017 - Conference Sponsors


Eagle Restorations Group, Inc.
The Earthbuilders' Guild (TEG)
Loescher Meachem Architects
Cornerstones Community Partnerships
Cob Research Institute
NM Earth Adobes
NM Earth Works
Earthen Construction Initiative
Owl Peak Farm, La Madera, NM
Heritage Hotels and Resorts
Pat Taylor Inc.
The Order of the Adobe Spoon
The Green Fire Times
SFCC Adobe Program

Earth USA 2017 - Tours


Sunday Afternoon Walking Tour of Santa Fe

Date: Sunday, October 1, 2017
Time: 2:00pm to 4:30pm
Tour Stops: various historic (primarily) adobe buildings in downtown Santa Fe
Starting/Ending Point: Scottish Rite Center
Tour Guide: Jake Barrow of Cornerstones Community Partnerships
Price: Free (but limited to 50 participants)
Route and Approximate Times:
2pm: walking tour group meets in front of the Scottish Rite Center
2 to 4:00pm: tour of various historic (primarily) adobe buildings in downtown Santa Fe with Cornerstone's Jake Barrow as tour guide (main focus will be on recent work done on the San Miguel Mission)
4 to 4:30pm: walk back to Scottish Rite Center or enjoy a refreshment with the group at a Santa Fe restaurant or bar (self pay)

Full Day Monday Bus Tour

Date: Monday, October 2, 2017
Times: 8am to 8pm
Tour Stops: a new construction adobe house project in Santa Fe, Fort Union National Monument, an adobe church restoration project in Mora County, drive back to Santa Fe with possible short stops in the villages of Tres Ritos, Vadito, Peñasco, Chamisal, Trampas, Truchas and Chimayo
Starting/Ending Point: Scottish Rite Center, Santa Fe, NM
Tour Guides: Quentin Wilson, Jake Barrow and others
Price: $125 per person (includes round trip bus transportation, all admission fees, soft drinks & snacks, a packed lunch and dinner at Rancho de Chimayo at the end of the tour)

Earth USA 2017 - Conference Schedule


Friday, September 29, 2017

  • 9:00 AM
    Registration and check
  • 9:00 - 9:45 AM
    Welcome Coffee in Scottish Rite Ballroom & Courtyard
  • 10:00 - 10:20 AM
    Podium Welcome by Quentin Wilson
  • 10:20 - 10:40 AM
    Podium Presentation: HOW EARTH CAN RESIST EARTHQUAKES: WITH BAGS, WIRE, AND A LITTLE KNOWLEDGE
    Author: Patti Stouter (Placitas, NM, USA)
    Institutional Affiliation: BuildSimple.org
  • 10:40 - 11:00 AM
    Podium Presentation: MASTER PLAN FOR PRESERVATION OF THE MISSION SOLEDED SITE AND STRUCTURES
    Authors: Daryl Allen, Preservation Specialist, Gil Sanchez, FAIA (E), Cesar Medina, Architect (Scotts Valley, CA, USA)
  • 11:00 - 11:20 AM
    Podium Presentation: SUSTAINABILITY OF EARTH BUILDING MATERIALS - ENVIRONMENTAL PRODUCT DECLARATIONS AS AN INSTRUMENT OF COMPETITION IN
    BUILDING MATERIAL INDUSTRY
    Authors: Horst Schroeder, Manfred Lemke (Weimar, Germany)
    Institutional Affiliation: Dachverband Lehm e.V.
  • 11:20 - 11:40 AM
    Podium Presentation: ADOBE DYNAMICS 101 - EXPANDED
    Authors: Pat Taylor, Eric Liefeld (Mesilla, NM, USA)
    Institutional Affiliation: Pat Taylor, Inc. and Mesilla Valley Preservation, Inc.
  • 11:40 - 1:30 PM
    Lunch Break
  • 1:40 - 2:00 PM
    Podium Presentation: HEMP FIBER EARTH BLOCKS
    Author: Arnold A. Valdez (San Luis, CO, USA)
    Institutional Affiliation: Rezolana Institute
  • 2:00 - 2:20 PM
    Podium Presentation: MARFA AND ITS ARCHITECTURAL CULTURAL LANDSCAPE
    Authors: Joey Benton, Pat Taylor (Mesilla, NM, USA)
  • 2:20 - 2:40 PM
    Podium Presentation: MUD ON THE OLDEST CHURCH IN THE US, MAINTAINING EARTHEN RENDER ON SAN MIGUEL
    Author: Jake Barrow (Santa Fe, NM, USA)
    Institutional Affiliation: Cornerstones Community Partnerships
  • 2:40 - 3:00 PM
    Podium Presentation: INTEGRATING EARTHEN BUILDING MATERIALS AND TECHNIQUES IN THE MAINSTREAM OF HOUSING PROJECTS THROUGHOUT DESIGN, CONSTRUCTION, AND COMMISSIONING STAGES.
    Authors: Lola Ben-Alon, Vivian Loftness (Pittsburgh, PA, USA)
    Institutional Affiliation: School of Architecture, Carnegie Mellon University
  • 3:00 - 3:20 PM
    Podium Presentation: ENERGY USE OF A COMPRESSED EARTH BLOCK HOUSE COMPARED TO A TRADITIONALLY FRAMED HOUSE
    Author: Lisa Holliday (Oklahoma City, OK, USA)
    Institutional Affiliation: University of Oklahoma
  • 3:20 - 4:20 PM
    Friday PM Poster Session + Coffee Break in Scottish Rite Ballroom & Courtyard
  • Poster Presentation: GREEN INSULATION MATERIAL
    Author: Deniz Berdine (Cedar Crest, NM, USA)
    Poster Presentation: VARIABILITY OF COMPRESSIVE STRENGTH AND STIFFNESS OF COMPRESSED AND STABILIZED EARTH BLOCKS
    Authors: Erika L. Rengifo-López, Nitin Kumar, Fabio Matta, Michele Barbato (Columbia, SC, USA)
    Institutional Affiliation: University of South Carolina
  • Poster Presentation: ENZYME AND POLYMER CONTRIBUTIONS AND IMPROVEMENTS IN ADOBE MATERIALS
    Author: Seyhan YARDIMLI, Bilge ISIK, Koray ARSLAN, Melih SAMURKAS (Istanbul, Turkey)
    Institutional Affiliation: Istanbul Aydin University, Faculty of Architecture and Design
  • Poster Presentation: HOW EARTH CAN RESIST EARTHQUAKES: WITH BAGS, WIRE, AND A LITTLE KNOWLEDGE
    Author: Patti Stouter (Placitas, NM, USA)
    Institutional Affiliation: BuildSimple.org
  • 4:20 - 4:40 PM
    Podium Presentation: ADOBES IN PHOENIX, ARIZONA: FROM THE SOIL THEY HOUSE
    Author: Kirk Higbee (Phoenix, AZ, USA)
    Institutional Affiliation: Arizona State University
  • 4:40 - 5:00 PM
    Podium Presentation: THE LIFE OF EARTH
  • Authors: Beverly Donoghue, Michael Donoghue (Austin, TX, USA)
    Institutional Affiliation: Earthen Construction Initiative
  • 5:00 - 5:20 PM
    Podium Presentation: HIGH SPEED ADOBE CONSTRUCTION
    Author: Quentin Chase Wilson (La Madera, NM, USA)
    Institutional Affiliation: Adobe in Action; The Earthbuilders Guild; Northern New Mexico College
  • 5:20 - 6:00 PM
    Roundtable Discussion: WE'VE GOT THE SOIL; WE’VE GOT THE CLAY; WHAT ABOUT THE BINDER? CONSIDERING A NATIONAL INSTITUTE FOR THE PROMOTION AND PRESERVATION OF EARTH BUILDING ARCHITECTURE IN THE UNITED STATES
    Author: Mark A. Zaineddin (with roundtable participants Quentin Wilson, Stephen Colley, Kirk Higbee, Ben Loescher)
    Institutional Affiliation: Adobe in Action
  • 6:00 - 8:00 PM
    Friday Evening Reception in Scottish Rite Ballroom & Courtyard for all registered attendees sponsored by The Earthbuilders' Guild

Saturday, September 30, 2017

  • 9:00 AM
    Registration and check-in
  • 9:00 - 9:45 AM
    Saturday AM Poster Session + Welcome Coffee in Scottish Rite Ballroom & Courtyard
  • Poster Presentation: COMPRESSED AND STABILIZED EARTH BLOCKS IN LOUISIANA
    Authors: Nitin Kumar, Michele Barbato (Baton Rouge, LA, USA)
    Institutional Affiliation: Louisiana State University
  • Poster Presentation: DEFENSIVE ARCHITECTURE IN UAE DESERT
    Author: Amer Rghei Ph.D (Waterloo); M.Arch (McGill) CANADA (Ras al-Khaimah, United Arab Emirates)
    Institutional Affiliation: American University of Ras Al Khaimah
  • Poster Presentation: DESIGN NEIGHBORHOOD CENTER AND HOUSES IN SHAFEE ABAD VILLAGE BASED ON VERNACULAR ARCHITECTURE IN DESERT
    Author: Elaheh Azarnoush (Kerman, Iran)
  • 10:00 - 10:20 AM
    Podium Presentation: STEPPING TOWARD AN EARTHEN FLOOR STANDARD – NOTES FROM EARTHENABLE RWANDA
    Authors: Chris Rollins, PE (Ruhengeri, Rwanda); Gayatri Datar, MBA, MPA/ID (Kigali, Rwanda); Rebecca Wentworth, EIT; Bruce King, PE
    Institutional Affiliation: EarthEnable Rwanda
  • 10:20 - 10:40 AM
    Podium Presentation: A FIELD KIT AND METHODOLOGY FOR DETECTING AND MEASURING SALTS IN ADOBE
    Authors: Eric Liefeld, Dr. David Rockstraw, PhD. P.E.
    Institutional Affiliation: Mesilla Valley Preservation, Inc. and New Mexico State University
  • 10:40 - 11:00 AM
    Podium Presentation: DEMYSTIFYING CODE DEVELOPMENT FOR EARTHEN CONSTRUCTION IN THE UNITED STATES
    Authors: K. Ben Loescher, AIA, Anne Galer, The Earthbuilders' Guild (Albuquerque, NM, USA)
    Institutional Affiliation: The Earthbuilders' Guild
  • 11:00 - 11:20 AM
    Podium Presentation: ADDRESSING THE CHRONIC HOUSING SHORTAGE ON PINE RIDGE INDIAN RESERVATION WITH COMPRESSED EARTH BLOCKS
    Author: Adelle McDaniel (Fort Collins, CO, USA)
    Institutional Affiliation: Trees, Water & People
  • 11:20 - 11:40 AM
    Podium Presentation: "EARTHEN CONSTRUCTIONS DO NOT INSULATE!"
    Author: Hauke Haupts (Trondheim, Norway)
    Institutional Affiliation: Trøndelag County Authority, cultural heritage management and protection
  • 11:40 - 12:00 NOON
    Tribute: Dr. Charles W. Graham & John J. Morony
    Presenters: Lisa Holliday & James Hallock
  • 12:00 - 1:30 PM
    Lunch Break
  • 1:40pm - 2:00 PM
    Podium Presentation: ADOBE BUILDINGS IN CALIFORNIA: A CASE STUDY IN SEISMIC STABILIZATION OF THE CASTRO ADOBE IN SANTA CRUZ COUNTY
    Authors: Jessica Kusz, Anthony Crosby (Santa Cruz, CA, USA)
    Institutional Affiliation: Friends of Santa Cruz State Parks
  • 2:00 - 2:20 PM
    Podium Presentation: EARTH-SHOT TECHNOLOGY FOR GLOBAL ENERGY SAVINGS
    Author: Bilge IŞIK, Prof Dr (Istanbul, Turkey)
    Institutional Affiliation: Hasan Kalyoncu University, Gaziantep, Turkey
  • 2:20 - 2:40 PM
    Podium Presentation: ADVOCATING THE USE OF VAULTS AS AN ECOLOGICAL RESOURCE - THE MEXICAN VAULT MADE WITH CESB AS AN ALTERNATIVE TO CONVENTIONAL CONCRETE SLABS
    Authors: Guillermo Vazquez Guillamet, Gabriel Barbeta I Sola (Barcelona, Spain)
    Institutional Affiliation: Universitat de Girona, Spain
  • 2:40 - 3:00 PM
    Podium Presentation: DEVELOPING A MODEL FOR IMPROVING HOUSING CONDITIONS IN URBAN SLUMS IN NIGERIA: A STUDY OF FIVE SELECTED SLUM
    NEIGHBOURHOODS IN UMUAHIA
    Authors: Ben Iwuagwu and Ikechukwu Onyegiri (Aba, Nigeria)
    Institutional Affiliation: Department of Architecture, Abia State Polytechnic, Aba
  • 3:00 - 3:20 PM
    Podium Presentation: EVALUATION OF A ROPE MESH REINFORCEMENT FOR EARTHEN CONSTRUCTIONS IN SEISMIC AREAS
    Authors: Marcial Blondet, Nicola Tarque and Julio Vargas-Neumann (Lima, Peru)
    Institutional Affiliation: Pontifical Catholic University of Peru
  • 3:20 - 3:40 PM
    Tribute: Dr. Fred Webster
    Presenters: Pat Taylor & Bill Druc
  • 3:40 - 4:20 PM
    Saturday PM Poster Session + Coffee Break in Scottish Rite Ballroom & Courtyard
  • Poster Presentation: ADVOCATING THE USE OF VAULTS AS AN ECOLOGICAL RESOURCE - THE MEXICAN VAULT MADE WITH CESB AS AN ALTERNATIVE TO CONVENTIONAL CONCRETE SLABS
    Authors: Guillermo Vazquez Guillamet, Gabriel Barbeta I Sola (Barcelona, Spain)
    Institutional Affiliation: Universitat de Girona, Spain
  • Poster Presentation: EFFECT OF MOISTURE ON THE OUT-OF-PLANE LATERAL STRENGTH OF RESIDENTIAL ADOBE MASONRY WALLS
    Authors: Umaima Al Aqtash, Paola Bandini, and Sonya Cooper
    Institutional Affiliation: Hashemite University (Amman, Jordan)
  • Poster Presentation: EXPERIMENTAL EVALUATION OF SMALL-SCALE ADOBE WALLS UNDER LATERAL LOADING
    Authors: Eduardo Davila, Diego Garcia Vera, Tsegaye Gebremariam, Paola Bandini, Michael J. McGinnis, Brad D. Weldon (Las Cruces, NM, USA)
    Institutional Affiliation: New Mexico State University
  • Poster Presentation: SALT MIGRATION RATES IN ADOBE WALLS CONSTRUCTED OF MESILLA VALLEY SOILS
    Authors: David Rockstraw, Pat Taylor, Eric Liefeld (Mesilla, NM, USA)
    Institutional Affiliation: Mesilla Valley Preservation, Inc.
  • 4:15 PM
    Alhambra Theater opens to general public for Keynote Presentation
  • 4:20 - 5:00 PM
    Keynote Presentation: EARTH IS THE OLD NEW CONCRETE
    Author: Bruce King PE (San Rafael, CA)
    Institutional Affiliation: Ecological Building Network

Sunday, October 1, 2017

  • 9:00 AM
    Registration and check-in
  • 9:00 - 9:45 AM
    Sunday AM Poster Session + Welcome Coffee in Scottish Rite Ballroom & Courtyard
  • Poster Presentation: COB TECHNICAL WHITE PAPER
    Author: John Fordice
    Institutional Affiliation: Cob Research Institute
  • Poster Presentation: REDRESSING EARTH BUILDING ADAPTATION IN NIGERIA: A POST USES EVALUATIVE STUDY OF COMPRESSED EARTH BUILDING LOW-COST HOUSING PROJECT IN SOUTH EAST NIGERIA. THE AVU- OWERRI REDEMPTION HOUSING EXPERIENCE.
    Authors: Ben Iwuagwu and Ikechukwu Onyegiri (Aba, Nigeria)
    Institutional Affiliation: Department of Architecture, Abia State Polytechnic, Aba
  • Poster Presentation: COMPREHENSIVE EARTH-BUILDING PRACTICES AND A POSSIBLE FUTURE VISION
    Author: Paul Schwam (Tucson, AZ, USA)
  • 10:00 - 10:20 AM
    Podium Presentation: COMMUNITY INNOVATION THROUGH STABILIZED COMPRESSED EARTH BLOCK CONSTRUCTION IN RURAL HAITI
    Authors: Michael Neumann and James Hallock (Pittsburgh, PA, USA)
    Institutional Affiliation: Partners in Progress and Earthblock International
  • 10:20 - 10:40 PM
    Podium Presentation: REGENERATIVE IMPACT PROJECTS, -THE POWER OF ARCHITECTURE AS A GAME CHANGING TOOL-
    Author: Juan M Casillas Pintor (Mexico)
    Institutional Affiliation: Universidad Iberoamericana cdmx
  • 10:40 - 11:00 AM
    Podium Presentation: ESTABLISHING A CEB AND ADOBE PRODUCTION YARD NEAR DENVER, COLORADO
    Authors: Lisa Schroder, Jim Hallock (Arvada, CO, USA)
  • 11:00 - 11:20 AM
    Podium Presentation: RECONSTRUCTION OF TIMBUKTU EARTHEN HERITAGE
    Author: Ali Ould Sidi (Mali)
    Institutional Affiliation: Mali Ministry of Culture
  • 11:20 - 12:00
    Conference Closing and Final Wrap: Quentin Wilson
  • 12:00 - 1:30 PM
    Lunch Break
  • 2:00 - 4:30 PM
    Sunday Afternoon Walking Tour of Santa Fe

Monday, October 2, 2017

  • 8:00 - 8:00 PM
    Full Day Monday Bus Tour