Venue: JM Synge Theatre, Arts Block, Trinity College Dublin
Martin Rauch was born 1958 in Vorarlberg, Austria. In 1978 he visited the academie of applied arts, Vienna Master class for ceramics. In 1983 he made his dissertation ‘Loam – Clay – Earth.’ Over the course of two decades of research in theory and practice, Martin Rauch has been able to update traditional rammed earth techniques for a wide range of contemporary building tasks. As a result, he has become a leader in his field, an expert of international stature, who is sought out as a collaborator by world-famous architects and artists. Since April 2010 Martin Rauch is Honorary professor of the UNESCO Chair Earthen architecture, building cultures and sustainable development.
Martin spoke of the history, global culture and science of rammed architecture construction and presented projects including his own home in Austria. Martin presented collaborative projects and spoke of his recent work with prefabricated rammed earth panels.