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    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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    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…

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    Earth building seminar in June

    A two-day training on earth building will take place on June 25th and 26th in the Rodopean village Kosovo. There will be a theoretical and a practical part. The techniques of adobe, straw earth and earth and lime plasters will bepresented in details. You will find detailed information about the event in the attached brochure. Раховица_Семинар_Юни_2016

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    World conference on earth building – Terra 2016

    From July 11th to July 14th  this year in Lyon, France, will take place the 12th international conference on earth building. Architects, docents, archeologues, and researchers from all over the world will gather to present the most interesting projects and practices. Here you find a link to the event program: http://terra2016.sciencesconf.org/resource/page/id/6 The curators of the conference have also selected projects with outstanding architectural value. They will recieve a special award:http://terra-award.org/

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    Shop for natural plasters and paints

    Ten years ago the brothers Marc and Bas fall have for the first time the opportunity to work with natural building materials. From one project to the other their interest grows – their experience too. They work as craftsmen and decorators. Besides the numerouse projects that they realize last year the two young men decide to open their own shop for natural decorative paints and plasters in Eindhoven – the Netherlands. Customers interest is increasing and the clients are more and more demanding on quality of the interiors they order. Here a link to their new website: http://www.eigenheym.nl/

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    The repair after the flood

    In March this year the house Bendia in Rahovitza was flooded, so we had to do a complete renovation of the bathroom and kitchen. After the shock of the first days, we considered what happened and we realized that this is the perfect time to make all the improvements that we have long dreamed of. So first we tore down the old fireplaces, that were not being used the last ten years and put stacks of chimneys in the stone wall. This means that we masoned two new chimneys! We then changed the soaked beams of the flooded room with oak ones and laied a new timber floor. We masoned new walls…

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    About the past summer

    This summer again, like the past two there were participants to the seminars on earth building and natural plasters that took place in Kosovo village.  Some of them had a precise restauration project, others were building ther new eclogical house and some were just curiuouse to learn new things. All were happy to touch the material, to dig it, sieve it, wetten it, form it. We demonstrated earth tests that determine the quality and the building technique, we moulded bricks, a straw earth wall, plasters and pointing mixtures. There were many questions, many answers, happy meals and night fires. Besides information on earth, we also learnes a lot about bee life.…

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    The mosc in Djenne, Mali

    Since seven hundred years the citizens of the city of Djenne in southern Mali renovate the plaster of their earthen mosc. They work together and realize a ritual where everyone takes part. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3SI5NdNEosE I wish you a happy, successfull and full of ecoprojects New 2015!

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    Dragana’s dream

    Dragana Marijanovic is a serbian architect, designer and initiator. After her graduation, Dragana travels to Africa to work as a volunteer and discovers earthen buildings. She falls in love with this natulal building method and decides she wants to learn more on the topic. This is how she arrives at the international center for earthen architecture Craterre in Grenoble. After her specialization, Dragana comes back home and decides it’s high time people start to talk again about the old earthen buildings. Her dream is to create a teachning center on earthen building techniques and restauration. She manages to win a competition for young entrepreneurs and buys an old earthen building around…

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    The finalists of the photocompetition The magic of Earth Building

    The Association for building with natural materials and Association Rahovitza are happy to announce the rewards for the Photocompetition The Magic of Earth Building. Considering the small number of participants /9/and the recived pictures /29/, the finalists are : – 1st price  – Ralitza Braikova with a picture from the village Yovkovtzi : the book Earth architecture, Ronald Rael; – Encouragement award –Svelostav Savtchev with a picture from the village Gorno Lukovo : the book Earth Building, Varvara Valtchanova; – Encouragement award –Lilia Lutzkanova with a picture from the village Buzovgrad : the book Earth Building, Varvara Valtchanova. We will send the books by post within one month. Thank you for your participation and till next time!…