Background

 

Mediterranean countries have carried out numerous activities in the field of earth architecture over the past 30 years and most particularly during the last decade. Traditional architectural typologies have been studied, heritage conservation projects have been developed and more upgrading of professional capacities in this topic and for new architectural applications have been reported.  Scientific research on the building materials and technologies contributed to improve the knowledge and the practices. Many more countries are now considering the major challenge to preserve their earth architectural heritages. Considerations that are essential for a regional and local sustainable development in which not only economical and environmental aspects have to be considered but also cultural and societal dimensions, which are decisive for the future.
All these progresses are now contributing to build the new base, allowing an historical continuity of the earth building cultures in the Mediterranean region.

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