Happy Chinese New Year!

We know DesignBuild Bluff is multicultural program. Every year, we have students from all over the world. Today is our expecting Chinese New Year for the Dog. Even though, we are far from parents and friends, it gives us an opportunity to feel like family around. 新年快乐!   Wanwei&Zhixiang

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Ramming, Ramming, Ramming

                As the build continues, the ramming continues.  We now realize just how much work goes into constructing a rammed earth wall, and that none of it is easy.  Mixing tons of Earth by hand with shovels is almost as easy as it sounds.  The pneumatic rammers are a godsend ...

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Layers. Onions Have Layers, and Also Our Walls.

  The week goes on and we are still continuing to build our rammed earth walls. It is quite the tedious process. After hours of mixing dirt and building formwork we have revealed the second part of the wall on the south side of the building. Wow, what a site! The unique patterns that occur with ...

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Solitaire

There are many ways to build a wall. Compacting a mixture of local soil and cement against wood formwork is certainly not the easiest. Throw 4 inches of insulation and a whole bunch of rebar into the middle of an 18″ rammed earth wall and it’ll satisfy the building inspector, but it takes a full ...

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DBB Exposed

Sometimes, living with fellow students and working on DesignBuildBluff projects can be a little revealing. You are no longer guarded by the shelter of the classroom that hides the intricacies of everyone’s personalities, especially in the presence of food, which has the power to bring out the quirkiness in all of us. What is even ...

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