Simone Swan and her students at the Adobe Alliance are building with earth in the southwestern United States using adobe mud and traditional North African construction techniques.
At Adobe Alliance workshops, students learn a variety of earth-building techniques.
Building with earth doesn't doesn't get any more fundamental than adobe mud. It's a great material — not only is it natural, it’s locally available and often dirt cheap!
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An adobe building workshop in Texas. Adobe is well suited to desert climates. The vaulted roof of this structure is inspired by North African architectural techniques that make it possible to build without wood.
From right to left: Adobe mason Efren Rodriguez, Simone Swan and Steven de la Rosa, the instructor for a vault building workshop.
Project manager Maria Jesus Jimenez at an Adobe Alliance workshop.
Adobe bricks are laid in a mud mortar.
Simone Swan is a passionate advocate of adobe architecture.
Egyptian architect Hassan Fathy, right, is the inspiration behind the adobe building techniques taught by Simone Swan and the Adobe Alliance.
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Simon Swan’s home is located on the fringe of the Chihuahuan Desert in Presidio, Texas.
These rooms feel spacious because of the vaulted ceilings, even though they measure only 10 feet across.
Simone Swan’s home and teaching center in Presidio, Texas, was built using natural building techniques suited to a desert environment.
Group photo of Adobe Alliance workshop participants.