Chitra Vishwanath

March 27, 2009


Chitra Vishwanath works only with sustainable technologies and has built a couple of hundred mud buildings in and around Bangalore
I think
In a time of environmental crisis, it is criminal to use any material for building other than what is available on your own site. Mud is one such material, especially in Bangalore.
(For a discussion on sustainable architecture with Chitra Vishwanath click below)
The local mud makes for good stabilized mud blocks for walls and roofs.
We can
All you need to do is introduce a basement into the design, digging for which will provide all the mud.
You must, of course, provide adequate overhangs (roof projections) to prevent running water hitting and flowing on the surface of the wall, and a high plinth.
The blocks must be adequately stabilized (with cement or other binders), and should have a specified weight per unit of density. Any good mason can then build with these mud blocks.
Mud can be in used in several other ways, too—cob, rammed earth, and wattle-and-daub walls, for instance—depending on considerations of desired aesthetic, available skill sets and local climate.



  1. Hello!
    I am working on a rainwater harvesting project in Nicaragua. I am interested in natural building and sustainable development and the ways that they can improve public health and protect natural resources in rural communities. I would love to correspond with you about the project and possibly get your feedback.
    All the best

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  3. Britt willey whenever you want the email id is zenrainman at gmail dot com

  4. Hello,
    In response to your blog, how would you suggest people in other climates construct houses if mud is not readily available? What makes a good morter-like material? Also, in response to the first comment, brittwilley check out our rainwater harvesting forum. We would love to hear about how this type of system is constructed in Nicaragua and the challenges you face.

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