Quincha Construction in Peru

by Fabio Carbajal, Architect; Professor, National Univ. of Piura, Faculty of Architecture and Urbanism, Jr. La Arena 672, Urb. Santa Ana, Piura, Peru.,
Gaby Ruiz, Civil Engineer, Professor; Univ. of Piura, Faculty of Engineering, Apartado postal 561, Piura, Peru., gruiz@udep.edu.pe.,
Cliff J. Schexnayder, (F.ASCE), Eminent Scholar Emeritus; Del E. Webb School of Construction, Box 870204, Arizona State Univ., Tempe, AZ 85285.,

Serial Information: Issue 1, Pg. 56-52

Document Type: Journal Paper

Abstract: Lack of housing and the high costs of constructing housing units are problems faced by all nations. A viable solution to the lack of housing in many parts of the world may be found in traditional earthen construction methods. In Peru, ancestral building methods such as adobe, tapial, and quincha take advantage of the local resources for housing construction. These construction methods have been used for centuries. They do not require commercially processed materials or a skilled labor force. Unskilled local labor can satisfactorily construct a house using these construction methods. This paper presents a description of the quincha construction methods as applied in Peru.

Subject Headings: Construction methods | Construction management | Developing countries | Residential construction | Housing | Labor | Materials processing | Soil structures | Residential buildings | Peru | South America

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