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August 11, 1985 | Associated Press
Archeologists have uncovered one of ancient China's first capitals at Yanshi in the central Henan province near the Yellow River, cradle of Chinese civilization, the official New China News Agency reported. Archeologists said a dig revealed a rectangular city just over a mile long, circled by rammed-earth walls 59-feet-thick. It had at least seven city gates, a checkerboard road system, a central area of imperial buildings and two flanking towns.
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May 9, 2013 | By Lisa Boone
Learn more about sustainable design and green living as Altbuild, the Alternative Building Materials & Design Conference and Expo, opens Friday at the Santa Monica Civic Auditorium.  Architects, builders and landscape designers will be among the more than 150 exhibitors on hand to discuss green design, including modular housing, rammed earth building, solar power and water conservation. Among this year's highlights: Larry Santoyo of the permaculture design company EarthFlow will answer questions about sustainable landscaping, composting and raising chickens.
HOME & GARDEN
November 22, 2007
Re "Building by the Numbers" [Nov. 15]: I think it's about time, in view of the continuing droughts, to start building homes that won't burn, e.g., rammed earth, for one type. Of course, everything burns if it gets hot enough. Building homes using flammable materials, like wood and, presumably, SIPs [structural insulated panels], does not make sense in dry climates such as those of Southern California and Arizona.
HOME & GARDEN
February 12, 1994 | KATHY BRYANT, SPECIAL TO THE TIMES
The recent fires, mudslides and earthquakes are forcing many to rethink the way contemporary homes are built. Ironically, one of today's best construction materials is right under our feet: earth. Non-polluting and easily available, soil is constantly being created. Much of it, such as decomposed granite, is perfect for ramming back into rock-hard walls. The construction technique, known as "rammed earth," has been used since earliest times to create homes that are energy-efficient and strong.
ENTERTAINMENT
June 14, 2012
[ For the record, 10:45 a.m., June 15 : The LA County Arts Commission has announced that this event, listed here has happening Friday and Saturday, has been postponed indefinitely.] ART Location for countless sci-fi films courtesy of its otherworldly rock formations, Vasquez Rocks hosts an art form of a different kind as the L.A. County Arts Commission celebrates the opening of a new interpretive center with an art-making workshop. Guests will be invited to create rammed earth time capsules and contribute to a new public art sculpture.
REAL ESTATE
April 2, 2000
A number of readers have asked where they can learn more about straw bale houses, featured in last Sunday's Real Estate section. Here are some resources: California Straw Building Assn. The Tides Center 115 Angelita Ave. Pacifica, CA 94044-3104 (805) 546-4274 http://www.strawbuilding.org Center for Renewable Energy and Sustainable Technology 1612 K St. NW, Suite 202 Washington, DC 20006 (202) 293-2898 http://solstice.crest.org/index.shtml Out on Bale 1037 E. Linden St.
REAL ESTATE
November 7, 1999 | DIANA MARCUM, SPECIAL TO THE TIMES
City boosters must cringe when architect Nader Khalili describes why he chose this sprawl of stucco tract homes surrounded by desert as the place to experiment with houses made of earth. "There are boiling summers, freezing winters, howling winds, flash floods and lots of earthquakes. It's perfect," he said. "If it doesn't break here, it doesn't break anywhere."
ENTERTAINMENT
June 28, 2008 | Chris Pasles, Times Staff Writer
Spectators sat on 56 chairs positioned at various angles around the Getty Gallery at the Skirball Cultural Center. Four dancers began slowly walking through and around them, then picked up the pace until they were running and brushing almost dangerously close to the rapt if bemused audience. The award-winning, New York-based Tere O'Connor Dance group, formed in 1985, had arrived Thursday to make its Los Angeles debut in the choreographer's four-part "Rammed Earth."
REAL ESTATE
June 25, 2006 | Ruth Ryon, Times Staff Writer
Ceilings of intricate tin panels are out of the ordinary, but ones of peacock feathers and leather? That's extraordinary. Artist Denise Roberge runs her gallery, jewelry salon and restaurant out of a plaza that she built about a decade ago in Palm Desert. When she was finished, she wanted to create a more subdued version of the art-rich plaza as a place to live.
ENTERTAINMENT
May 15, 2008 | Chris Pasles, Times Staff Writer
CALL IT the summer of dance creativity. The big production will come in midsummer with Twyla Tharp teaming up with film composer Danny Elfman in "Rabbits and Rouge," a new American Ballet Theatre piece at the Orange County Performing Artscenter. Tharp had a Broadway hit when she teamed with Billy Joel for "Movin' Out." Lightning may strike again (ocpac.org; Aug. 6-10). But why wait that long? On the local front, postmodern icon Jeff Slayton has delved into the disparate parts of his own mind to create "Inventory," for Sarah Swenson's Vox Dance Theatre, at the Martha B. Knoebel Dance Theater at Cal State Long Beach (csulb.
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