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Building an Environmentally Sustainable Mudhouse in Yemen

American scholars Stephen and Kate Steinbeiser recently embarked on a challenging project: building a house out of mud, a traditional Jewish design.
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The mud house revives the traditional architecture of the once Jewish quarter in Sana'a, Yemen. (E. Arrott/VOA)
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The mud house revives the traditional architecture of the once Jewish quarter in Sana'a, Yemen. (E. Arrott/VOA)

Workers preparing the mud for plaster. (Photo courtesy AIYS)
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Workers preparing the mud for plaster. (Photo courtesy AIYS)

A worker chews qat after working with plaster. (Photo courtesy AIYS)
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A worker chews qat after working with plaster. (Photo courtesy AIYS)

All metalwork was hand forged, including the doorknocker and nails. (E. Arrott/VOA)
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All metalwork was hand forged, including the doorknocker and nails. (E. Arrott/VOA)

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