Special Issue "Hakka Tulou and Sustainability: The Greenest Buildings in the World"
A special issue of Sustainability (ISSN 2071-1050).
Deadline for manuscript submissions: closed (16 August 2012)
Dr. Ruifeng (Ray) Liang (Website)
Constructed Facilities Center, West Virginia University, Morgantown, WV 26506, USA
Fax: +1 304 293 4139
Interests: advanced fiberglass composites; natural composites; rammed earth; environmental sustainability; life-cycle assessment; green building; sustainable infrastructure
This special issue comprises selected papers from the Hakka Tulou Forum 2011: Structures of Sustainability - International Workshop on Rammed Earth Materials and Sustainable Structures, that took place as a special session at the International Symposium on Innovation and Sustainability of Structures in Civil Engineering (ISISS*2011) from October 28 to 31, 2011, Xiamen University, Xiamen, China. Rammed earth is both a construction material and technique with favorable life cycle impact on the planet Earth, yet there are challenges to implement rammed earth technologies in modern constructions. The World Heritage Hakka rammed earth buildings, i.e. Fujian Tulou of China, serve as a prime example of what rammed earth construction can offer and demonstrate how the sustainability of Hakka village architecture built hundreds of years ago and still in use today, bridge the past, present and future, with exemplary lessons for our modern world. These papers highlighting the state-of-the-art of rammed earth material and construction technologies, will surely play multifold roles in building a sustainable 21st century; including helping make the engineering community aware of the advantages of rammed earth construction and promoting new research opportunities that can further advance our knowledge on the rammed earth material for modern construction.
Dr. Ruifeng (Ray) Liang
- earth architecture
- contemporary rammed earth construction
- environmental sustainability
- structural stability
- green building
- Hakka Tulou
- housing infrastructure
- round houses