18 July – 1 August 2016 ~ Altmünster, Austria

BASEhabitat International Summer School

BASEhabitat International Summer School 2016


We want to promote earth & bamboo as excellent materials for sustainable construction and establish a global network to enforce exchange of knowledge and experience.
Earthen and bamboo architecture has not only a long tradition in human settlement, but it also offers many advantages for contemporary architecture. BASEhabitat wants to foster the consideration of socio-cultural, economical and ecological aspects in the architectural design and construction.


  • Adobe: AMÀCO – F. NORIEGA, Z. TRIC, N. ALVAREZ www.amaco.org
  • Rammed earth: DOMINIK ABBREDERIS & T. FRITZ guest: Martin Rauch
  • Earth, Fibre, Surface: STEFAN NEUMANN & T. HAGELSTEIN www.naturbauwerk.de


Practice and theory on contemporary architecture with low-tech materials: earth and bamboo.


The focus lies on practical work. Participants can choose 2 workshops on different techniques. Each one lasts 4,5 days.

Material science

Basics in using earth and bamboo for construction.
Exchange and discussion between the workshops.
EARTH amàco team | BAMBOO Tresserra/Martín

Theory classes

Theory classes will present different insights and allow discussions about challenges of sustainable architecture.
Roland Gnaiger | Anna Heringer | Martin Rauch
Go into details in focus groups – 2 topics can be chosen
energy efficiency of earth & straw buildings | basics in seismology
project management | sustainable wastewater treatment

Field trip

In a field trip we will visit some historic buildings made of earth and wood. Who wants a day off, can use this day.

Peer lectures

In the evening we give the stage to the participants. You can present your projects and create new networks.


We address architects, students, lecturers, craftsmen and -women from all over the world, who are interested in sustainable architecture.


ABZ AgrarBildungsZentrum
Altmünster, Austria


1500 € for the Summer School including accommodation and food (full board) and the field trip.
It is possible to apply for a scholarship.


Please fill in the application form on the BASEhabitat Homepage

Application deadline: 16 April 2016


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