of Earth Structures
John Warren is a Fellow of the Institute of Advanced Architectural
Studies, University of York and is an Architect and Conservator
with over 30 years experience in private practice, in the UK and
abroad. His conservation work has extended as far afield as India.
At home he has been responsible for, among many others, the recovery
of Horace Walpole's mansion, Strawberry Hill. He was also a member
of the British Standards Institution Committee on Historic Buildings
and is currently Chairman of ICOMOS UK World Heritage Committee.
Statuary to Earthwork
Earth as a Building Material
Agencies of Failure and Identification
Evaluation, Testing, Preparation and Replacement of Materials
Inorganic Materials in Conservation and Repair
Organic Materials Used in Consolidation and Repair
Earths, Ethics and Philosophies
This important subject is rarely recognized, but many peoples worldwide
have built, lived in and treasured earth structures. Their cultures
have evolved with them and, therefore, a great part of the human
environment has been shaped by earths and earth building. The conservation
of earth structures is, therefore, not merely a neglected facet
of the vernacular architecture; it is bound to the artistic core
of living communities.
Earth construction and its conservation, like other 'green' issues,
draws a dedicated level of commitment from its aficionados. The
problem of conservation, however, is far wider. Planning authorities,
research organizations and owners are using broad-ranging, sometimes
desperate, measures to retain a meaningful part of the huge heritage
of earth structures world-wide.