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Straw Bale Construction and Self-Building
SUSTAINABLE CONSTRUCTION
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Teacher: Laurane Coornaert

Straw Bale Construction and Self-Building

Are you an architecture student and would you like to have experience in the field? Or are you simply interested in eco-construction? Are you interested in understanding how to gain more experience on a construction site? Laurane has been supporting eco-construction sites for several years. During this course, Laurane will share with you her experiences on the construction site through the theme of straw. We will see real case studies, and will discuss practical subjects: how to solve certain problems on a project? How to organize a self-build site? Which straw construction technique is the most accessible?

Organic Materials in Architecture: Inside Mycelium
SUSTAINABLE CONSTRUCTION
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Teacher: Ginevra AgostiTeacher: Martina Eandi

Organic Materials in Architecture: Inside Mycelium

Discover the potential of one of the most fascinating organic alternatives, how it could replace various materials in construction and become an affordable alternative in the near future. After a basic introduction to mycology and its physical properties, we will dive into the design and prototyping of mycelium-based material while working on your very own project.

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Building with Raw Earth
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Teacher: Pietro Degli Esposti

Building with Raw Earth

Discover the qualities and the large potential of raw earth as a construction material able to fulfil the ever-growing demand for ecological, healthy and resilient high performing buildings.

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Introduction to Rammed Earth
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Teacher: Hanno Burtscher

Introduction to Rammed Earth

The benefits of choosing rammed earth as a building material are diverse, among them: strength, humidity control, air purification, resource friendly, local empowerment, low technical requirement and high human contribution.

In this six weeks program students will be introduced to rammed earth and will learn how to prepare a mix, construct a wall and flooring as well as the processes for sealing and maintenance.


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Sustainable Construction Insights
SUSTAINABLE CONSTRUCTION
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Teacher: Ana BaptistaTeacher: Hugo DouradoTeacher: Samuel KalikaTeacher: Gianluca Stasi

Sustainable Construction Insights


In this course, (former) members of the CC-Team or partners of the organization will present their work and thoughts about sustainable architecture.

Crtl+Z - Gianluca Stasi
- What is Sustainable Architecture? - Thursday, May 6th - 6 p.m. (Portuguese Time)
- Superadobe: A sustainable solution? - First half of June (tbc)
- Geometrics in Architecture: The Dome as a sustainable and participatory element? - Second half of June (tbc)


Colectio Mel - Ana Baptista & Hugo Dourada
- more information coming soon

Critical Concrete - Samuel Kalika & Laurane Coornaert
- more information coming soon

SUSTAINABLE CONSTRUCTION
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Teacher: Bradley Robinson

Building Structures: Urban Waste as a Core Building Material and Structural Assembly

Building with waste shares similarities to both traditional and contemporary building approaches. Utilizing urban waste as a bulk resource offers us the unique opportunity to realize global circular economies where affordability and resource sustainability substitute for primary resource exploitation.

Additionally, the trend to demolish obsolete infrastructure leads to  resources and methods that allow for re-building complex systems across socio-technical ‘regimes’ (housing, buildings, urban and rural), scales (building, neighbourhood, city-region), and domains (energy, water, resources use).



A project by Critical Concrete