Enlisting local resources to make traditional houses more earthquake-proof

After the 2014 Ludian Earthquake, 90% of the traditional rammed-earth buildings were destroyed. To rebuild the villagers’ homes, the Chinese University of Hong Kong team carried out research and improved the seismic performance and indoor environmental quality of traditional rammed-earth houses of the region. Moreover, innovations also led to improvements in thermal performance and reduction in energy consumption. Local materials, local technology, and local labour were enlisted to devise a post-earthquake reconstruction project for Guangming Village that people can afford, own, and pass on.

Project name

Post-earthquake reconstruction demonstration project of Guangming Village (2017)




School of Architecture, The Chinese University of Hong Kong

Origin of company

Hong Kong