Earth USA 2019

The formal conference will be taking place from Friday, October 25 to Sunday, October 27, 2019 at the  Scottish Rite Center's Alhambra Theater in Santa Fe, New Mexico. Earth USA 2019 indicates 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 is considered. Activities include:

  • Three days of podium presentations and poster sessions on topics related to the current state of architecture and construction with earthen materials.

  • 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.

  • Pre and post-conference earthbuilding workshops are being planned by Adobe in Action.

Call for Abstracts

Earth USA is now accepting abstracts for presentations at the 2019 conference. All abstracts should be submitted using this online form:

Earth USA 2019 online abstract submission form

We cannot accept abstract submissions sent to us via normal e-mail or as an e-mail attachment.

Paper Subject Categories

  1. Historic buildings and cities including their stabilization, preservation, modernization and re-purposing.

  2. New architecture, construction projects and construction methods.

  3. Education and information transfer including codes, norms and regulations.

  4. Physical and thermal properties of materials and structures including seismic, flood and storm resistance and passive solar heating and cooling of earthen buildings.

  5. Social and cultural elements fostered by earthen building practices and traditions.

  6. Commercial presentations including architects, designers, contractors and product manufacturers.

Abstracts will be accepted from Saturday, December 1, 2018 until Friday, February 15, 2019. All accepted presenters will be notified by Tuesday, April 30, 2019. Full papers will be due by Monday, July 15, 2019.

Presenters will have 20 minutes for presentation including time to answer questions. Time limits will be carefully monitored.