Living in Earthen Cities – kerpic’05 Cities Conference

The “Living in Earthen Cities – kerpic’05” congress is to be held at Istanbul Technical University , July 6-7 in Istanbul, Turkey. The focus of the congresses has evolved from quality of life in earthen architecture, environmental and health care, towards disaster prevention. The congress organizers hope that it will bring together the related disciplines of architects and engineers, on material, construction, marketing and environmental science, to create database, technology watch and strategy. The workshop will cover the entire construction activities of alker (gypsum stabilized earthen material), where all the participants can take part. Social and cultural program will offer interesting historical tour; distinguished dinner will welcome you on Bosphorus. Visit the Congress Website

Adobe Alliance Workshop

The Adobe Alliance is pleased to announce the 7th annual workshop in Presidio, TX. Vault building and earth plastering will be featured during the workshop which takes place February 18-20, 2005. Demonstrations on applying a water-resistant exterior plaster of clay, straw, cactus juice and horse manure which breathes with the environment, which has withstood superbly in the unseasonally heavy rains of summer 2004 in the Big Bend.

Lodgings are easily booked at The Riata (432 229 2528) in Presidio, the Three Palms (432 229 3211,) or you can explore across the bridge a few minutes into Ojinaga, Mexico, a city of 25,000 people. The Paisano Hotel in Marfa is 60 miles to the north. There are many restaurants on both sides of the river.

For more information contact the Adobe Alliance.

Rammed earth constructions: Trans-cultural research in the Sonoran Desert

A case study illustrating a series of university/community collaborations leading from research idea, to full-scale improvisation in a Design/Build Studio at the University of Arizona (UA) School of Architecture (SoA), to a significant application in the Gila River Pima community of southern Arizona.

Modern Earth Building 2005

The MODERN EARTH BUILDING 2005 – International conference and fair will be held on the 18th to 20th of November 2005 in Berlin. Again visitors learn about new developments in earthen architecture. The business field of earth building products is increasing in the last years and new technological developments can be presented. The aim of the conference is to enhance the earthen architecture and culture.

Contact and information:
Umbra GmbH
Peter Steingass
Rigaer Stra?e 29 A, 10247 Berlin
Telefon: ++49-30 / 61 62 55 48
Telefax: ++49-30 / 61 62 55 49
info@lehmbauforum.com
www.lehmbauforum.com