The Architecture Puzzler
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Architecture Puzzler #72
Most commercially produced adobe bricks are "stabilized" by adding asphalt emulsion (3 to 5 percent by weight) or Portland cement (5 to 10 percent). These coat the clay particles and reduce their tendency to absorb water and expand. Occasionally (and traditionally) straw is added — why?
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Architecture Puzzler #71
Who developed a plan to mass-produce monolithic cast-in-place concrete houses to "shelter the working class" in the United States? Henry Ford, Thomas Edison, or Frank Lloyd Wright?
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Dave Guadagni, AIA, is an architect with Robertson/Sherwood/Architects
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Nineteenth century Egyptian adobe brick construction.
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