Building with earth, straw, wood and manure
This year again we offer a series of workshops to understand and build ecological houses with local and natural materials.
These week or weekend-long courses are suitable for both amateurs and professionals involved in construction and architectural design.
The use of natural/local materials, combined with passive solar design, is essential to low energy consuming and healthy buildings. These innovative building techniques are based on an understanding of centuries-old traditions in the light of our current knowledge of physics. At Gündönümü farm we have been experimenting with natural materials for the past two years, and share our experience through workshops open to all.
Tezekevleri is proposing different workshops to support self-builder in their construction process. All the workshops will be made on the Tezekevleri area as they will be used to improve the facilities of the place. Independently of the duration of the workshop, participants will be able to visit the project and ask questions about the realisations of the building. Moreover, if specific questions appear in the group they will be answered with practical examples.
- Short workshops will be made during week-ends on specific topics such oven or stove construction;
- Longer and more general workshops will be made on plastering topics.
During each workshop, every day, participant will work 6 hours and have 1 hour of presentation on a specific topic. Plenty of time will be dedicated to answer questions and for group activities which can improve networking.
The fees of the workshop include the accommodation, teaching material and fees of the instructor. Material and tools used are provided by the project. Some places are available at a discount price for people with low income. Please feel free to ask and explain your situation.
Rocket Stove building
Aim: Understanding the operation of a rocket stove, its design and its construction. Through hands-on work on 2 different rocket stoves, the participants will understand how to build the burning chamber and how to create the stove body with natural materials.
› 10 – 12 May
Efficient Bread Oven Building
Aim: Understanding the operation of a bread oven, its design and its construction. Through hands-on work on a bread oven, the participants will understand how to build an efficient bread oven, with straw and mud.
› 14-16 June
Aim: Understanding earth plasters (and earth construction in general) and how to apply it through hands-on work and presentations. Participants will be able to discover how to make exterior and interior earth plasters and the usage of specific additive to reinforce the plasters against water, shocks or friction.
› 8-13 July
Tadelakt and Natural finishes
Aim: Understanding tadelakt and other clay based finishes and how to apply it through hands-on work and presentations. Participants will be able to discover how to make interior waterproof lime plasters (Tadelakt) for showers and bathroom and the usage of specific additive to reinforce the earth plasters and clay paints against water. Participants will also discover how to make earth finishes such as sgratifitto and colourful paints, oil paints on plasters.
› 14-19 October
Introduction to Roof Carpentry
Aim: Understanding how to make carpentry joints and built a light wooden structure. Through hands-on work on shading structure, the participants will understand how to build a light carpentry that can be used either to support a roof or grow plants.
› 15 – 17 November
Introduction to Natural Building
Aim: Understanding what is a natural buildings and its properties. Participants will use different natural materials such as straw, earth, sand, gravel, wood to create a structure that will help the people living in Tezekevleri. Through presentations and hands-on work, participants will be able to touch, smell, feel different materials and understand how and where to use it.
› not decided yet (upon demand according to the number of participants)
Önceki atölyelerimize (2016-2018) yakından bakın: