Adobe houses in El Salvador

A recent article in the Salvadorian College of Architects magazine focused upon an adobe project where the women´s organization "Las Mélidas" and the School of Architecture of the University of El Salvador worked together with the community of Planta Nueva to build 23 houses. An important achievement of the project is that the architectural design and the system of construction (foundations of stone & concrete, adobe walls with interlinked corners, concrete ring beam and a metal roof structure with MCR) have become a model that the School of Architecture is proposing for other interested communities and organizations involved in humanitarian projects. EcoSouth wishes to draw attention to the fact that this system of construction resists earthquakes, a system similar to that used successfully in Guatemala after its great earthquake in 1976.

You are here: Home Past editions Edition #11, March 2005 Adobe houses in El Salvador


Bernardo RhynerBernardo Rhyner
Swiss - Canadian
Spanish, English, German and some French.
Construction with ecomaterials, implementation of housing projects


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