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ECOLOGICAL BUILDING WORKSHOP

 

 

 
 

Join us on a 7-day ecological building workshop at the Art Center, where we will learn about theoretical and practical principles of ecological building with clay and straw, and constructed wetlands /reed-bed systems for waste water management under mentorship of natural building expert Stojan Habjanič.

WHEN
1st term: 06 - 13 July 2012
2nd term: 23 - 30 July 2012


REGISTRATION FEE/ CONTRIBUTION
€ 140 per person (20 euros / day)

Registration fee / contribution includes:
• Mentoring (theoretical and practical work)
• Materials for the work
• accommodation (bedroom block, tents) and
• vegetarian / vegan food (breakfast, lunch and dinner)

APPLICATIONS
We accept applications by the 1st July 2012 on our e-mail
with subject title 'Ecological building workshop'
Hurry up, the number of participants is limited!

For any further questions please contact us!

WORKSHOP PROGRAM
Eco-building with clay and straw
Workshop participants will learn the basic principles of ecological building with clay, straw and reed.The workshop includes a visit to the center for natural builds in Martjanci, where we will have a theoretical lecture and view examples of sustainable building technologies (energy renovation of heritage built with natural materials, construction of the centre, presentation and tour, presentation of films, samples of materials, ...).

Practical part of the workshops will include:
• preparation of panels for straw soaked in clay
• filling of prepared clay in different zones of wooden walls
• paneling and re-filling
• plywood installation over walls.

Constructed wetlands / Reed-bed system for waste water management
Workshop participants will learn the basic principles of operation and construction of plant treatment system for wastewater treatment. The workshop includes theoretical lectures on the principles of operation and method of manufacture wetland. Presentation of good practices and samples.

Practical work will include all phases of construction of the reed bed system near Art center:
• preparation of material
• sealing the holes
• manholes, connections, drainage, ...
• installation or substrate. sown sands of various fractions

HOW
"Step-by-step 'construction with the assistance of mentors, friends and volunteers under the principles of" learning by doing "DIY (Do-it-Yourself) and DIWO (Do it together with others).
In 2005 we built the residential building till 3rd construction phase (natural wooden building - foundations, walls and roof) of the Art center complex with voluntary help of 30 members of the German craft guild Axt & Kelle (picture above).
This is how we intend to work in the future also.
With minimal resources required. With and for the people.

WHY
Since 2000, the Art center is a site for exchange of knowledge, experiences, realization of ideas, quality socializing and networking. Our vision is to become self-sufficient, sustainable, environmentally friendly and creative community that is actively involved in local and international realities.

Construction of the residential part of the Art center complex presents for us a much-needed base for the centre to become fully functional. Due to lack of understanding of cultural policy what residential art center is all about, without the support from local and national authorities, the complex of Art center, unfortunately, remains unfinished for the twelfth year.
Nevertheless we are determined to continue with our work, with our own engagement and voluntary work and continue with our longlasting efforts to realize our vision.