When: Fabruary 24th-May 25th, 2017
Where: Abetenim Arts Village near Kumasi, in the rural territories of the ancient Ashanti region of Ghana
Deadline: Volunteers will be accepted until spots are filled. Spots limited to 30 international participants
Who can participate:
Cost: Food and accommodation $90/w; project contribution $450 USD (flight costs are not included)
Nka Foundation announces Building Workshop to construct a Top Design in 3rd Earth Architecture Competition:
Nka Foundation is issuing an open call to the international architecture and sustainable design and construction community to join the prototying workshop to build Arthouse, which is one of the Top Design entries in its 3rd Earth Architecture Competition:
(1) Generate mud house design alternatives to be available free to everyone to appreciate, use, or improve them to generate more practical and contemporary design solutions for the arts in the region; and
(2) to make possible the construction of the best design entries through building workshops to realize some built examples to the local people that mud architecture can be durable and beautiful.
The Arthouse Building Workshop is designed, therefore, to bring together participants from around the world in fields such as architecture, landscape architecture, construction, interior design and art to play a role in line with their expertise. The Arthouse Building Workshop is a collaboration between Nka Foundation, a nonprofit organization in the United States and the team that designed Arthouse, BO! Arquitectura, an architectural practice based in Montevideo, Uruguay.
Specifically, the Arthouse is a 220m² (2400sq feet) cottage for use as an artist-in-residence program, designed to accommodate from 8 to 10 artists at a time. The earth architecture project presents technical novelties, the use of mixed construction techniques as wattle and daub wall construction combined with a structural ceramic roof developed by Uruguayan engineer Eladio Dieste. The workshop also proposes the use of alternative sewage system, ensuring aproper wastewater disposal. This way, we can create high quality architectural and an environmental friendly project, capable of being replicated in the west-African region.
It’s not all works! Over the weekend, participant can explore the nearby cultural sites such as Bomwire Kente Village, Bobiri Forest Reserve, or the cultural centres in the historic city of Kumasi. And there will be short breaks from the construction project to participate in field trips.
About the Foundation:
About the organizers:
Under the name Bo! Arquitectura, Santiago Merello, Antonella Sinacore and Claudia Varin are developing their professional career as architects from the ends of 2014 in Uruguay, being interested about architecture in earth and other alternative building systems, enhancing the environmental sustainability research.
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