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The sustainable cities made from mud
by Isabelle Gerretsen

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31 July 2022

On 31 July 2022 BBC reported: In Yemen's ancient walled city of Sana'a mud skyscrapers soar high into the sky. The towering structures are built entirely out of rammed earth and decorated with striking geometric patterns. Sana'a's mud architecture is so unique that the city has been recognised as a UNESCO World Heritage site. Architects around the world are reviving raw-earth construction as they seek to construct sustainable buildings that can withstand extreme weather events such as flash floods and intense heat. Could this back-to-basics technique provide an important solution to the climate crisis? Global Good News service views this news as a sign of rising positivity in the field of science, documenting the growth of life-supporting, evolutionary trends.

... One of the best qualities of mud buildings is that they are warm in the winter and cool in the summer, architects say. Mud walls have a high thermal mass which means they slowly absorb heat and store it, preventing the house from becoming too hot.

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