We can be warm in the winter and cool in the summer while still preventing severe weather thanks to mud buildings. In their effort to create more environmentally friendly homes, architects are returning to this neglected, ancient building material.

Mud towers rise to great heights in Sana’a, Yemen’s historic walled city. Sana’a is a city that has been recognized by Unesco as a World Heritage Site for its unique mud architecture. Even though Sana’a’s structures stretch back thousands of years, according to Salma Samar Damluji, co-founder of the Daw’an Mud Brick Architecture Foundation in Yemen, the majority of the old buildings are still in use as homes and places today.

Architects from all over the world are reviving the use of mud in construction in an effort to create sustainable buildings that can prevent extreme weather conditions like flash floods and extreme heat. Could this outdated architectural style have an impact on the layout of our cities and homes in the future? With this return to the beginning strategy, may the climate crisis be largely resolved?