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Construction for Landscape Architecture by Jamie Liversedge, Robert Holden

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Compressed earth, cob, and pisé

Mud bricks have already been mentioned, and rammed earth ("cob" in southwest England; pisé or pisé de terre in France) is a similar traditional technique of construction that uses earth compacted in layers, 4–10 in thick, between layers of movable lumber formwork. This usually sits on top of a stone foundation, which rises to about 24 in above ground level. The tamping may be done by hand, pneumatically or, reportedly, by using cattle or oxen. Usually, there is no moisture barrier between the stone foundation and the earth wall above for fear that it would cause moisture to condense below the barrier. The formwork traditionally consisted of panels of tonguedand-grooved boards set between lumber posts and kept apart ...

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