Rammed Earth N51 is a sixty-foot-long
freestanding rammed earth wall built by a team
of students and staff at MIT during the summer
of 2005. The project combines research on
historical and contemporary rammed earth methods
with material research undertaken in the
geotechnical laboratory at MIT.
The prototype wall reclaims a neglected outdoor
space for the MIT School of Architecture and
Planning while providing evidence about the
aesthetics and longevity of rammed earth in New
England. The project was led by MIT Master of
Architecture candidate Joe Dahmen, advised by
professor John Ochsendorf.