Earth Architecture Workshop: Mud Hut Design in Ghana
Place: Abetenim, Ghana
Date: Monday, January 12, 2015 – Friday, April 10, 2015
This is an earth construction workshop through use of traditional techniques and local construction methods. The main goal of this workshop is to built the 1st price winning design in Nka Foundation’s Mud House Design 2014 competition by the French design team MAMOTH. The workshop will be held in the village of Abetenim, located 40 km South East of Kumasi, in the Ashanti Region of Ghana. We will immerse in the Ashanti culture and lifestyle to explore and learn by collaborating on the building project. The Earth Architecture Workshop is open to everybody, especially students and recent graduates of architecture, design, sustainable practitioners and volunteers from around the world. Students can use the opportunity for internship, personal research or thesis.
JOIN US AT ANY TIME TO BUILT THE SANKOFA HOUSE AND HELP TO REINVENT THE TRADITIONAL MUD HUT
Reinventing the mud house is a subject that involves rediscovering and reinterpreting symbols, qualities and techniques of traditional Ashanti architecture. Here, contemporary design is inspired by the architecture of Ashanti palace and by the pragmatism of popular house, simple and practical. This particular architecture is recognizable by its thatched steep roofs, its plastered walls, its decorative ornaments and its large base which highlights all. Not only cultural, this typology is a response to the various constraints of a tropical climate. The steep fiber roof minimizes surfaces exposed to sunlight and heat. It also ease discharging heavy rainwater. Like the Sankofa symbol, meaning «return and get it», the Sankofa House is a reinterpretation of traditional architecture that uses local and affordable materials and local labor. For more informations & inscriptions email firstname.lastname@example.org.