INHABITING THE EARTH
Manifesto for the right to building with raw earth
Building with earth, is to rethink both globally and locally about using the resources of ourplanet by overcoming the challenge of combining the earth, water and sun with technology,culture, social aspects, economy and environment.
Building with earth, is to defend the right to implement a natural building material which isenvironmentally friendly, abundant, easily available and accessible to the maximum numberof people so as to enable the poorest to build their home “with what they have under theirfeet”.
Building with earth, is to promote local resources, both human and natural, improve livingconditions, enhance cultural diversity and maintain social support systems for constructionand maintenance of the built environment.
Building with earth, is to use a ”natural concrete” which offers a real ecological andeconomic alternative to materials and production processes which are harmful to theenvironment.
Building with earth, is to upgrade, adapt and transform more than 11,000 years ofknowledge and know-how and to associate this timeless material to innovative architecture.
Building with earth, is to recognize the cultural value of the vernacular habitat, to opposetheir destruction and encourage rehabilitation of buildings while respecting the material andthe architectural expression.
Building with earth, is to further develop the art of building and shaping complex forms in aholistic way by combining architecture, aesthetics and decoration.
Building with earth, is to develop innovation so as to optimize the material, to simplifyconstruction processes and to produce new architectures.
CRATerre, National High School of Architecture of Grenoble, Network of the UNESCO Chair“Earthen Architecture”, EcologiK, Architectures à vivre, Auroville Earth Institute, DominiqueGauzin-Müller, Jean Dethier, Lipsky-Rollet, Anna Heringer, Martin Rauch, Francis DiébédoKéré, Marcelo Cortes, Rick Joy, Satprem Maïni, Network PROTerra, Network AsTerre
On 25th and 26th March 2019 the Municipality of Macerata will host the first national stage of the European project HELPS (Humanity Earth Life Population