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August 05, 2010

"The Architecture of Mud" (video review)


Shibam, the Hadramaut Valley, Yemen
View from south in 2003
©James Conlon
Source: ARTstor

The Architecture of Mud
An Anonymous Productions presentation of a project by Caterina Borelli and Pamela Jerome

Set in the Wadi Hadhramaut region of Yemen, The Architecture of Mud introduces the production and creation process of mud brick buildings and the architectural accomplishments achieved with mud brick from comfortable houses to grand palaces. The long standing tradition of mud brick architecture is expressed in interviews with the masons that provide not only details of construction covering practices for foundations, walls, and roofs but also insights into the lives of the masons and how construction practices have changed over time. Ample footage of the building process is incorporated presenting the creation of mud brick, the mud plaster used to cover the bricks once they are in place, and finally the methods for producing lime plaster for waterproofing. Also addressed is the rise of cement as a building material despite its disadvantages such as retaining heat and its higher expense as a building material. Yet for now masons remain positive that mud brick is still the more popular building material. Overall a quiet film with very little narration that provides coverage of workers and construction in a profound visual storytelling.

This video is among the many available to borrow from the Visual Resources Center in the Art, Architecture and Engineering Library. Search for videos in Mirlyn or in our video database.

Posted by rmassare at August 5, 2010 02:48 PM

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