Favela house in Wattle-and-Daub Editorial Photo

A classic and well shown exemplary of the construction technology of the wattle and daub (or wattle-and-daub), now considered ecologically modern, despite thousands of years known. Wattle and daub (or wattle-and-daub) is a building material used for making walls, in which a woven lattice of wooden strips called wattle is daubed with a sticky material usually made of some combination of wet soil, clay, sand, animal dung and straw. Wattle and daub has been used for at least 6,000 years, and is still an important construction material in many parts of the world. Many historic buildings include wattle and daub construction, and the technique is becoming popular again in more developed areas as a low-impact sustainable building technique. It is also strongly related to Chagas disease a tropical parasitic disease caused by the flagellate protozoan Trypanosoma cruzi. Chagas disease, also known as American trypanosomiasis, is a potentially life-threatening illness caused by the protozoan parasite, Trypanosoma cruzi (T. cruzi). It is found mainly in Latin America, where it is mostly transmitted to humans by the faeces of triatomine bugs, known as 'kissing bugs' , among other names, depending on the geographical area. .

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Editorial Photo: Favela house in Wattle-and-Daub

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