The objective of this workshop is to spark curiosity about environmentally sensitive construction, use of local materials, climate appropriateness of buildings, and the social aspects of labour in construction.
Through this workshop, you will learn working with both traditional and modern techniques, the basic principles of soil identification and how different soils can be used for earthen construction. You will build walls with both traditional raw earth construction (e.g. adobe and cob) and modern stabilised techniques (e.g. stabilised rammed earth and compressed stabilised earth block or CSEB).
You will also get to experience the various architectural expressions at Auroville and the learning that came during the building process.
– Learn about environmentally sensitive construction by using earth
– Experience the various architectural expressions at Auroville
Earthen Architecture is an expression of using available sustainable resources to build and live in harmony with nature. Earth as a material to build has been used since ages, the oldest standing earthen building is about 3300 years old. The Ramasseum, made of adobes, was built around 1,300 BC in the old city of Thebes. Today it can be visited on the left shore of the Nile, opposite Luxor in Egypt. The oldest earthen building in India is the Tabo Monastery , built in 996 AD and situated in the Spiti Valley in Himachal.
Collaborator: Auroville Earth Institute
Duration : half a day to 3 days
Modality: Online & Offline
Audience: 18 yrs +
Suggested Group Size: 20-50