Sustainable Housing for Rural Families in Africa

 
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Sustainable Housing for Rural Families in Africa

Sustainable Housing for Rural Families in Africa
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VN Lateral cross-section

VN Lateral cross-section
This diagram illustrates the main features of a typical basic VN construction (view small | med | large | orig)

Preparation

Preparation
VN apprentices kneading a mixture of earth, water, and vegetable matter which will be subsequently moulded into adobe bricks. (view small | med | large | orig)

Brick making

Brick making
This shows how the bricks are made, using a simple wooden frame mould, and then left to dry in the sun. (view small | med | large | orig)

Forming a vault

Forming a vault
This shows a trained VN builder starting a vault, using specailly made, small, vault bricks, leaning them against the end wall, and layering them with earth mortar. (view small | med | large | orig)

A VN building site

A VN building site
This shows a two-vault VN house under construction; oil barrels, temporarily supported on bricks or timber, are used to form the window and door arches. In the background can be seen some non-sustainable hosues using timber and metal sheeting for roofing. (view small | med | large | orig)

A team of builders

A team of builders
This shows a team of builders, with Thomas Granier (President and co-founder of AVN) 'topping out' an almost completed VN house (view small | med | large | orig)

The church of Petit Balé

The church of Petit Balé
his is one of the biggest VN buildings, a church near Boromo, Burkina Faso; reinforced concrete pillars and beams have been used to create a wide interior space under three vaults. (view small | med | large | orig)

Photo patchwork

Photo patchwork
These four photos show some of the variety and range of VN buildings, including a two-storey house. (view small | med | large | orig)

Team of VN builders

Team of VN builders
The VN team who built the first VN two-storey house in Boromo, Burkina Faso, celebrating their achievement. Many more photos can be seen on the AVN website at www.lavoutenubienne.org (view small | med | large | orig)
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Project Leader

Tony Kaye

Milton Keynes, n/a United Kingdom

Where is this project located?

Map of Sustainable Housing for Rural Families in Africa