jcarney wrote:This is an older thread, but since I live in Ayacucho, this is my two cents:
Adobe is actually one of the best materials for building if you live in the mountains. My family had a cement home and it was always really cold. When I would go in the little adobe houses built sometimes half in the mountains with a traditional stove, they were usually cozy. But as others mentioned, you have to make sure it is reinforced for earthquakes. There has been a lot of initiative to do that in rural areas lately with various methods like mesh, reinforced beams, etc., but most are not reinforced. They also don't last near as long as brick, but should do for a lifetime if they're kept up.
Quincha, by the way, is one of the most earthquake resistant materials for building that there is in Peru because it's so flexible. I forget which huge earthquake that happened in Lima maybe a hundred, or a hundred and fifty years ago, and destroyed the entire city except for some streets downtown where they used that traditional construction. Unfortunately, when those houses get old, they're really fragile. But again, I've seen them making modern houses with traditional quincha and modern materials and they're nice - stay cool, cheap, safe. But I think there's a stigma against traditional building materials still. It's associated without old crumbling buildings or rural, uneducated areas.
alan wrote:the quincha has really held up well over the years (more than 80)
jcarney wrote:alan wrote:the quincha has really held up well over the years (more than 80)
Interesting article about why downtown Lima has held up so well over the years. After huge earthquakes in the sixteenth and seventeenth century, the Viceroy forbid bricks or adobe on the upper stories of new houses:
https://www.iitk.ac.in/nicee/wcee/artic ... 2_3170.pdf