BASEhabitat International Summer School
on earthen and bamboo construction


July 16 - 30, 2018


Altmünster, Austria

Bamboo is becoming increasingly important as a building material. Due to its static properties it offers a strong alternative to wood and steel. In 2018, various techniques were tested during the bamboo workshop, such as split and bent bamboo, connections using screws and ropes.

The participants of the Summer School 2018 built a pizza oven made of rammed earth for the NGO OSOGO (Obstsortengarten-Ohlsdorf). The NGO collects and protects old varieties of fruit and offers courses and training.

In the same way as timber construction has managed to step out of its niche and become a popular construction technique, earth can prove it’s potentials as a strong and sustainable building material in contemporary architecture. The network of experts is growing, 2018 new specialists in modern cob techiniques joined our team.

Field trip: Open air museum Stübing

Fotos Stefanie Hueber

Adobe: Anne Lambert, Basile Cloquet, Gian Franco Noriega
Earth, Fibre, Surfaces: Becky Little, Francois Streiff
Rammed Earth: Dominik Abbrederis, Tobias Fritz
Bamboo: Jörg Stamm, Michael Brunmayr

Material Science: Earth (amàco) / Bamboo (Jörg Stamm)

Organisation: Corinna König, Dominik Abbrederis, Maximilian Meindl, Tania Teixeira, Ulrike Schwantner

83 participants from 36 nations
Algeria, Austria, Bangladeshi, Brazil, Cameroon, Canada, China, Colombian, Croatian, Czech Republic, Denmark, Ecuador, Egypt, Estonia, Ethiopia, France, Germany, Great Britain, Greece, India, Iran, Italy, Mexico, Norway, Oman, Panama, Peru, Portugal, Puerto Rico, Romania, Spain, Sweden, Taiwan, Tunisia, Uganda, USA

Simply Local (Anna Heringer)
Project Management in Development Cooperation (Friedbert Ottacher)
Cool Earth / Cultural Heritage (Gogo Kempinger)
High-Tech, Low-Tech, No-Tech, sustainable solutions for housing (Helmut Krapmeier)
Participative Processes between Governance und Post-Development (Julia Edthofer)
Construction and Design with Rammed Earth (Martin Rauch)
Innovative Timber Architecture in Austria (Veronika Müller)

abz Salzkammergut, Municipality of Altmünster, amàco, archiprix, DOKA, Holz Reisecker, Stern und Hafferl, UNESCO chair earthen architecture, Zöchbauer – Sand und Lehm