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Master of Architecture (MArch)
Ana Gabriela Loayza
When mentioning the word hemp, especially in the local language of Madagascar, the literal translation does not set it apart from marijuana, as they are both called “rongony” - creating the stigma around hemp as the negative stereotype of marijuana. However, the material has been used by the ancestors of Madagascar, as well as across cultures, in its fibrous form to produce fabrication like textile goods and packaging. During colonization, the prohibition of hemp intensified, and since then, any activity related to either of these plants is prohibited and will end in severe punitive measures. This thesis explores the strengths and sustainable properties of hemp as a building material, and how it can help empower local communities in Madagascar. Through reconnecting with an ancestral and traditional plant while also combining traditional Malagasy architectural practices in construction (primarily brick making, biomimicry, and weaving). Looking at hemp in the material palette of Madagascar gives rise to the question: how hemp can help support and innovate Malagasy communities?
Andrianambinina, Henintsoa Thierry, "Reintroducing Hemp (rongony) in the Material Palette of Madagascar: A study on the potential of Hemp Clay components and its impact on social and ecological communities." (2023). Masters Theses. 1117.
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