North and Central America->United States->Alabama (AL)->Hale->Sawyerville
Rural Studio, a program offered through Auburn University's School of Architecture, was started by Samuel Mockbee and a fellow professor, D.K. Ruth in the early 1990's. The studio offered students a way to use design to improve the lives of impoverished rural Alabama residents. Many of the projects use recycled materials. Rural Studio has continued at Auburn University despite the death of Samuel Mockbee in December, 2001.
Clay, cement, and water make up the rammed earth walls. Recycled winshields and aluminum sheets were also used. "It includes a transportation stop for a number of county-funded mobile projects such as a "Book-mobile" and a traveling health center, an outdoor area for community gathering, and a small chapel for the local prayer group."
ruralstudio.com (It was done as an Auburn University thesis project.)
Submitted by Jane Murphy for ARCH 341: Architectural Design IV.
1990s (1990 - 1999) 2000s (2000 - 2009)
safety glass wood (hardwood or softwood)
Dean, A.O. & Hursley, T. (2002). Rural Studio: Samuel Mockbee and an Architecture of Decency. New York: Princeton Architectural Press. p.52