BASEhabitat International Summer School
on modern earthen and bamboo construction


July 14 - 18, 2014



The second BASEhabitat Summer School offered for the first time a wide range of workshops on different construction techniques. In addition to rammed earth, adobe and straw+earth were included in the programme. Bamboo, a particularly exciting building material, complemented the earth building workshops.
An excursion led to the impressive contemporary earth buildings in Vorarlberg and Switzerland.
During the two weeks, the participants built a retreat for the boarding school students near their alpine hut (construction material: rammed earth) and a temporary bamboo pavilion in front of the school, which became a popular meeting place during the summer months.

Fotos Philipp Steiner

Adobe: Dorian Vauzelle, Gian Franco Noriega, Lucile Couvreur
Straw+Earth: Stefan Neumann, Yule von Hertell
Rammed Earth: Dominik Abbrederis, Martin Rauch
Bamboo: Andrés Bäppler, Greta Tressera, Rubén Darío Bermudez

Material Science Earth (amàco) / Bamboo (Andrés Bäppler, Greta Tresserra)

Organization Ulrike Schwantner, Andrea Hilmbauer-Hofmarcher, Corinna König

84 participants 34 nations
Argentina, Austria, Bangladesh, Belgium, Bulgaria, Canada, China, Chile, Columbia, Costa Rica, Czech Republic, Germany, Egypt, France, Greece, India, Iran, Italy, Mexico, Luxembourg, Nepal, New Zealand, Poland, Portugal, Peru, Romania, Russia, Sweden, Switzerland, Serbia, Spain, Turkey, United Kingdom, USA

Challenges of building with earth and bamboo in contemporary architecture (Martin Rauch, Andres Bäppler)
Sustainable architecture between Low-Tech and High-Tech ( Dominique Gauzin-Müller)
Optimal indoor climate through the right choice of material and form
Optimales Raumklima durch geeignete Materialwahl und Bauform (Roland Gnaiger, Helmut Krapmeier)
Chancen kooperativen Bauens in Entwicklungsländern (Markus Dobmeier, Anna Heringer, Elias Rubin)
Grundbegriffe der Seismologie praktisch anwenden (Norbert Gebbeken)

abz Salzkammergut, Municipality of Altmünster, amàco, archiprix, Doka formwork, Eder brick factory, ICOMOS/ISCEAH, Lagerhaus Altmünster, OEAD, Schachinger, UIA, Universität der Bundeswehr München, Zebau + Zimmerei, UNESCO chair earthen architecture

I am motivated and inspired to continue working with natural materials and sharing ideas with others, learning from each other.

participant, Czech Republic