Sun, Sticks and Mud by Bart Kaltenbach & Barbara Anschel with photographer Steve Fitch won a gold medal for Architecture from the Independent Publishers Book Awards for 2013. It was published by La Sombra Books.
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Sun, Sticks & Mud documents the fascinating regional architecture of earth building in the Desert Southwest through photography, critical essays and travel journals. The book presents the history as well as the future use of mud as a sustainable material for energy efficient building design.
Sections include discussion and illustration of: Indigenous earth architecture, vernacular architecture throughout the region, the development of historical styles, restoration and preservation issues and the emergence of modern design and earth construction techniques
The geographic area extends from southern California to west Texas and from Spanish Fork, Utah to Madera, Chihuahua, Mexico with emphasis on Marfa Texas, Santa Fe, southern Colorado and Utah, Tucson and San Diego.
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