[Strawbale] Workshop announcement
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Wed Jan 21 19:10:19 CET 2004
Field-Testing Builders Without Borders Straw-Bale Construction Guides
A special workshop is planned for field-testing the new Builders Without
Borders (BWB) Straw-Bale Construction Guides, March 19-26, 2004. Kutunza
Institute will offer a unique opportunity for workshop participants to test
and develop the final version of the Guides, while learning how to build a
This workshop is ideal for natural builders, designers, architects,
educators and anyone interested in building affordable housing projects in
developing regions. Workshop participants will get to build a strawbale
structure under the guidance of experienced instructors.
The workshop will be held at Kutunza Institute (www.Kutunza.org),
approximately 20 miles north of Las Cruces, New Mexico. (Detailed
directions to the Institute are on the Kutunza Contact web page.) Kutunza
is located on a beautiful piece of river-bottom land along the Rio Grande
River, and has a relatively mild climate.
Design for Basic Human Needs
Bale Wall Construction
Art and Decoration
This workshop will go well beyond learning strawbale basics, because the
goal is to finalize the BWB Guides and prepare builders for work on
affordable, low-tech strawbale housing projects. Insights and
recommendations from participants will be highly valued, and all
participants will be acknowledged on the credits page in the Guides.
This workshop, along with all the workshops and training programs at
Kutunza, can be applied towards a degree in Natural Building Technology at
Arbor University (http://arboruniversity.us/). More details on this are on
the Kutunza website.
The instructors for the workshop are the authors of the BWB Straw-Bale
Construction Guides -- Dr. Owen Geiger, Director of Builders Without
Borders, and Katia LeMone, a facilitator and project manager for Upper
The cost of the workshop is $500 and includes catered lunches. Breakfasts
are available for $3/meal and catered dinners are available for $10/day.
Camping is free.
For more workshop information, visit the Kutunza Institute website:
More about the Builders Without Borders (BWB) Straw-Bale Construction Guides
Two new construction guides are being finalized -- one for workshop
participants, and one for facilitators:
1. The Builders Without Borders (BWB) Straw-Bale Construction Guide was
created to meet the growing demand for easy-to-understand instructions on
building strawbale homes. It is designed for workshop participants, the
communities that work with BWB and anyone who wants to build a comfortable,
affordable home. This book is a pictorial how-to guide on straw-bale
construction basics that emphasizes low-cost methods to help those in the
greatest need for affordable housing.
2. The BWB Facilitators Guide is the curriculum that accompanies the BWB
Straw-Bale Construction Guide. The Facilitators Guide enables the
instructor to teach at a deeper level. It outlines the purpose of each
section, and identifies activities, discussion topics, technical
considerations, time frames and exercises to accomplish the desired goals.
Lesson plans on each topic help the instructor convey the concepts in the
Straw-Bale Construction Guide.
To learn more about these construction guides, please go to the BWB About
Us web page: www.BuildersWithoutBorders.org/aboutus.htm
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