• Events,  Projects,  Training

    Earth building seminar in the Rhodopi

    If you wish to learn about the specificity of earth as a building material, the field tests which allow you to select the correct earth for building purposes and to discover the main earth building technique then feel welcome on August 4th and 5th in the Rhodopean village Kosovo. You will find more detailed information in the attached file. Inscriptions at: info@rahovitza.org      ” order_by=”sortorder” order_direction=”ASC” returns=”included” maximum_entity_count=”500″]      

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    Earth building seminar in the Rhodopes mountain

    The first earth building seminar is full, so I propose a new week-end at the beginning of July: 1st and 2nd of July with arrival on June 30th in the evening. During this training you will get practical knowledge about the different earth building techniques: adobe blocks, light-straw walls, earth and lime plasters, pointing with earth mortars. You will learn to test and create your own mortars and you will learn what you may and may not do while renovating a traditional earth building. Detailed information is to be found in the attached documents. Inscriptions at: varvara_valtchanova@hotmail.com    

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    Spring news

    With the arrival of spring the collegues from Europe have started to send me info bulletins about the upcoming earth events: The school for earth building in Wangelin, Germany, organizes a series of lectures and seminars on the topic of earth and lime plasters and tadelakt  > http://lernpunktlehm.de/wp3/?ajde_events=tadelakt-baustellenkurs The Italian architect Sergio Sabadini organizes in Milan in April a seminar on earth plasters with the participation of a Japanese craftsman > http://alekoslab.org/seminario-terramigakidesign The French institute of earth building Craterre and Amaco – Atelier Matters for Building – shares the link to the newly published book: Clays and biopolymeres – Natural stabilizers for earth building > http://www.amaco.org/spiral-files/download?mode=inline&data=3510 I have been working hard to finish the book “Natural plasters…

  • Techniques,  Training

    How to renovate an earth plaster

    Riccardo de Paoli is an Italian who lives and works in France. His passion is earth plasters. In his blog called “back to earth” he recently published a short movie that shows the gestures for the renovation an earth plaster. Earth plasters are not necessarily bruin dark. They propose a whole range of natural colors. https://revenirsurterre.com/blog/

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    Ecocenter in Marocco

    Villa Janna is a unique eco center built in the heart of the Moroccan desert entirely from earth. The place holds seminars, teachings and other activities relative to healthy way of life. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=oxUFc061plo https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=p-O6yaGxSHg

  • Projects,  Techniques,  Training

    Easy and functional breadoven from earth

    When a group of programists from Sofia decided to make an outdoor trip to the mountain and wanted to touch and work with earth, without necessarily go deep in the ecobuilding practice, I found it funny to propose to them to realize the most primitive earth breadoven – directly on the ground and with locally available materials. In the past these ovens were called fieldovens because they were built in the fields for temporary use. After having watched the movie of Jas Townsend, we followed his recommendations. In one day we built a midsized oven which was completely dry the next day and we used it for baking fantastc crispy…

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    Earth news from Bulgaria

    Dear ecobuilders, This summe was filled with pleasent meetings, hard work and cheerful moments. In the Rhodopean hamlet Rahovitza, near the village Kosovo, took place two courses on earth construction and the already traditional architecture summer camp with more than twenty participants. And as there are more people willing to undergo the trainting, I propose a new date: September 27th and 28th. For more information, see the attached invitation: Програма_Обучение_Раховица_септ2014 The Photocontest “The magic of earth buildings” is oficially over, but due to the small number of participants, the organizers unitedly decided to extend the deadline to October 1st. We will be happy if you send us your summer favorite…