MUD BRICK HOUSE WORKSHOP: Build with Earth in Ghana

WHAT: Workshop to construct a best design in the Mud House Design 2014 competition by André Gomes based on site at Abetenim in the Ashanti Region of Ghana.


WHO CAN PARTICIPATE: Open for all: students and recent graduates of architecture, design, sustainable practitioners and volunteers from around the world. Students can use the opportunity for internship/stage or thesis.

DATE: March 16 – May 27, 2015

COST: Accommodation is €60 per week and food is €60 per week plus project contribution of €400. International participant is responsible for her/his airfare. Project organizers will provide €2,000 toward building materials based on 16 to 20 international participants enrolling in the workshop.

How do the people of Ghana make mud bricks? How do they build houses using mud bricks? Join us and experience the traditional ways of making mud bricks and building with mud bricks in Ghana. The workshop takes you step by step through the mud brick building process in the Ashanti Region, showing how to plan a building, make mud bricks from local earth, do the foundation, different construction techniques, laying bricks, roof framing, installing services, wall finishes and more.

MUD BRICK HOUSE WORKSHOP: Build with Earth in Ghana

The workshop will start with site-specific tours of the local Ashanti architecture and talking to the local people to gain awareness and knowledge of the local MUD BRICK building traditions. And taking into account the site conditions and discussions from site-specific tours, the workshop team will review the design entry, complete the design process and build their proposal with local builders. Accommodation will be of guesthouse and camp style at the village. Food will be by cooperative kitchen in which we all work together in sharing the planning, cost, shopping and cooking. Most evenings will be used for reviewing workshop progress along with informal discussions and presentations by Workshop Director and international participants. By alternating work and dialogues, we hope to uncover the mechanics of earth building namely financing, site analysis, construction and landscaping to blend with the local context.

TO APPLY: Contact Workshop Leader: André Gomes in Portugal, / for application form.

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