HAND AND FOOT – CULTURE HOUSE OUT OF EARTH AND BAMBOO

Optional module on the Architecture MA program at the Münster School of Architecture (msa), Germany
Winter semester 2011/2012
Visiting Lecturer: Eike Roswag, Dipl.-Ing. Architekt BDA

Earth, grasses, shrubs and timber are some of the worlds oldest building resources and still form a basis for ecological and sustainable shelter for a large part of the planets population. Despite the healthy and stable room climate provided by earthen buildings many of these people still dream of having a house constructed from concrete and bricks.

Part of the Seminar involved the design of a cultural institution in Apam, Ghana as a catalyst for the discussion of the traditional building techniques common in Southern Hemisphere. Over the course of the seminar relevant themes were developed and through conceptual and strategic discussion a manifesto for the upgrading of the local building culture was produced.

Practical work and 1:1 development of ideas are central to the seminar. For the final exhibition students had two days within which to construct an "Ideal Structure" with their hands, this object reflected the results of the seminar and anchors the ideas of the course in a real context.


Publikationen

Semester work: Cob and Natural Materials – Hand and Foot
Han Yian Sie, Alexander Keuper, Krishan Skuplik (www.architekturclips.de)