Martin Rauch at by KIT

2020 symposium by the KIT Faculty of Architecture

Martin Rauch gave a lecture about earth as an ecological building material at the symposium, held by the KIT Faculty of Architecture in December 2020. He showed some of the most important projects realized with his company Lehm Ton Erde Baukunst GmbH and explained the advantages of earth in comparison to other building materials.

video: Aurora Motion Pictures
cut: Hanna Hoss

In his lecture “Rammed Earth – Building Material of the Future” at the symposium, he also showed built examples of the industrial production and application of prefabricated building elements made of 100% earth.

Martin Rauch attended the technical school for ceramics and kiln construction in Stoob (Burgenland, Austria) from 1974-78 and the University of Applied Arts in Vienna from 1978-1983. Since 1990 he has planned, conceived and realised more than one hundred public and private rammed earth building projects on an international level. In 1999 he founded the company Lehm Ton Erde Baukunst GmbH.

In over three decades of theoretical and practical research, Martin Rauch has succeeded in significantly developing traditional rammed earth techniques and integrating them into modern architecture. He has received various awards, including the Holcim Award – Morocco in 2011 and the Reddot Design Award in 2012. Since 2010, he has been an honorary professor of the UNESCO chair „Earthen architecture, building cultures and sustainable development“. Numerous publications including „Upscaling Earth – Material, Process, Catalyst“ (2019) and „Gebaute Erde – Gestalten & Konstruieren mit Stampflehm“ (2015) document his work.

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