Earth Architecture Workshop 2016 Ghana, eARThouse Project for the Arts, Abetenim Arts Village

Earth Architecture Workshop 2016 in Ghana

African Event by LOAD, Local Actions for Development, Bologna, Italy, with NKA Foundation

29 Feb 2016

Call for Participation at The Earth Architecture Workshop 2016, Ghana

The eARThouse Project for the Arts | Building a Creative Platform of Hands-on Knowledge for Sustainable Development of Rural Villages

Designing for the arts

July 13 -October 14, 2016

Location: Abetenim Arts Village, Abetenim, Ashanti Region of Ghana

Participation fee: 300€
Accommodation: 70€/week
Food: 70€/week
Personal expenses, airfare, visa and vaccination are on your behalf
The minimum participation is 2 weeks

Earth Architecture Workshop 2016
image from organisers

How to apply: contact [email protected]
All submissions will be reviewed until available space is filled

Information from the organisers:

Why: Join our international team to build a sustainable prototype and help to reinvent the traditional earth house within an arts village. You will learn new skills on earth building and immerse in the local culture through hands-on site analysis, filed trips and the construction of the projects with the local community

Who: anybody interested in building with earth, volunteers, students of architecture and landscape, interior designers to organize the interior spaces, product designers to create the furniture, photographers/video makers for a documentary. Students can use the opportunity for internship, personal research or thesis.

Follow the project updates on eARThouse2016
Designing team: LOAD
Local Actions for Development, Bologna, Italy. [email protected],
Project organizer: NKA Foundation

The eARThouse Project for the Arts

Workshop Program:
1. Preliminary Studio
Preliminary earth tests; visit to the surrounding areas to study the local context; photo and video report of the village consitions. Duration 2 weeks. Available places: 5
2. Foundations
Realization of foundations in stone and concrete; photo and video report; visit to Kumasi. Duration 2 weeks. Available places: 5
3. Walls construction
Use of the rammed earth technique; experimentation of other techniques; photo and video report; visit to Kumasi market. Duration 6 weeks. Available places: 15
4. Roofing
Realization of the wood structure; realization of the corrugate metal sheet cover; photo and video report; visit to Asante traditional buildings UNESCO. Duration 2 weeks. Available places: 5
5. Interior design and landscaping
Organization of the interior spaces; connection of the structure with the local context; photo and video report; visit to Kumasi. Duration 2 weeks. Available places 5.

The time for the realization of the different steps is approximate. It will depend on the weather conditions, the material availability and the relation with local workers. Every week we will talk about the project design to study specific solution and refinements related with local the community needs and ideas. During every sessions we will organize filed trips to discover the Ghana culture and we will arrange specific seminars with local experts in order to understand the local construction methods and share our knowledge with them.

Earth Architecture Workshop 2016 in Ghana

JULY 13 – OCTOBER 14, 2016

Project name: eARThouse2016
Participation fee: 300€
Weekly accommodation fee: 70€; Weekly food fee: 70€
Contact: [email protected]

Contact persons:
Lorenzo Conti, [email protected], Sara Bettoli, [email protected],
Mattia Lucchetti, [email protected]

Location: Abetenim, Ghana, Africa

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