Gallery: Anna Heringer’s Rammed Earth MudWorks Installation at Harvard’...

The earth and mud materials were sourced from several different locations, creating an interesting layering effect

MudWorks is a design project Initiated by Anna Heringer (2012 Loeb Fellow) and Martin Rauch (and expert in clay architecture), and produced by the 2012 Loeb Fellows. In late March, designers and design students alike from Harvard University, MIT, RISD and various architecture practices across the U.S. laboriously set the mud into the angular shapes they still hold, using wooden casings to hold the rammed earth as it dried. The finished product is well worth their time. As the sun changes positions in the sky, the installation’s appearance grows even bolder against the stretching shadows. You can see this effect in the video below.

The installation is meant to challenge architecture’s sustainability values and material choices – especially those regarding socioeconomic, labor impacts. Earlier this year, Heringer told the Architects Newspaper “As an architect I can decide on the technology. I can decide who’s getting the profit. When I worked in Bangladesh, I immediately saw who was getting the profit. When you buy a bag of cement, that’s gone.” We are excited to see how much longer Mudworks will brave the Boston weather!

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