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There is a popular quote by Mies van der Rohe: “Architecture starts when you carefully put two bricks together.” However, according to IMK Architects, it was not enough to only arrange an artful configuration of bricks: for the design of Symbiosis University Hospital and Research Centre (SUHRC) in Lavale Village, Pune City, India, they wanted to use a locally-rooted solution by rethinking how the bricks are sourced and created in the first place.

Experimenting for months with various mixes of locally available red soil, sand and murum (deep red/brown earth found in the region) that were compressed and stabilised with 7 per cent cement, their engineers created a type of compressed stabilised earth brick (CSEB) that were ...

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