Dry Stone Walls
Basics, Construction, Significance
Environmental Action Foundation

Contributions by Werner Bätzing, Sandro Benedetti, Fredi Bieri, Giovanni Buzzi, François Busson, Klaus C. Ewald, Hans-Karl Gerber, Marianne Hassenstein, Thomas Kesselring, Hans Peter Kistler, Peter Krebs, Christine Loriol, Daniel Pelagatti, Ingrid Schegk, Theodor Schmidt, Mathias Steiger, Richard Tufnell and rin Willi and Franziska Witschi.


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Drawing on the copious research and practice of the Environmental Action Foundation, Dry Stone Walls is a uniquely comprehensive work on the topic, combining cultural history with a guide to plants and animals that find their habitat in such structures and a practical, step-by-step manual to the building and maintenance of dry stone walls.

Landscape / Urbanism, Popular Culture
Dry stone walls are a critical component of the landscape in Switzerland and many other countries. They support the cultivation of agriculture and livestock, and they are also integral to the ecosystem. And, in many locations across Switzerland, they are in need of restoration by those with a thorough understanding of their roles and vast range of types and purposes. Richly illustrated with more than four hundred photographs and drawings, including many in color, the book contains a wealth of advice for both the planning of new dry stone walls and the care of existing ones, as well as information on structural analysis and the organization of building sites. Dry Stone Walls will serve as a guide for future generations everywhere to this ancient practice that is in danger of extinction.

Environmental Action Foundation , founded in 1976, is dedicated to the conservation and preservation of Swiss nature and landscapes.


362 color, 187 b/w 

427 pages, 549 illustrations
Hardback, 20x29.5 cm
Park Books, 1st edition 2019
ISBN 9783858818133