BOA ME HOUSE
Mud House Building Workshop in Ghana
DATE: October 9, 2015 to January 16, 2016
CONSTRUCTION METHOD: Poured Earth and Mud Brick
VENUE: Abetenim Arts Village near Kumasi in the Ashanti Region
COSTS: Food and accommodation 80€/w plus project contribution of 400€ (flight costs are not included).
EVERYBODY CAN PARTICIPATE: Enthusiastic volunteers, students and recent graduates of architecture, landscape architecture, engineering, interior design, art and anyone interested in construction are all welcome to join the workshop and play their part. Students can use the opportunity internship,or personal research or thesis. Join us from 2 to 8 weeks or stay the whole time to help build the house.
WORKSHOP LEADERS: Joana Colom Escola (Spanish) email@example.com and Stefano Mori (Italian) firstname.lastname@example.org
APPLICATION: Request application form and return it to email@example.com / firstname.lastname@example.org
Mud is the main material used in the traditional architecture of the Akan people of the Ashanti Region. Akan architecture uses a variety of symbols to convey messages about the family. The name "Boa Me House" is derived from the symbol called Boa Me Na Me Mmoa Wo, which means ‘Help me and let me help you’. This concept lends significance to the building workshop itself. The workshop seeks to bring together participants from diverse cultures in keeping with the idea of cooperation in the mud house building process as immerse in the Ashanti culture to explore and learn-by-doing for interchange of knowledge and skills.
Join us! Workshop is divided into three parts, you can participate in one or all three parts as follows:
PART ONE, WEEK 1-4: Introduction to designing and building with local earth involving site analysis, hands-on experience from site preparation to the foundation level. Includes formwork design and construction.
PART TWO, WEEK 5-8: Poured wall and mud brick construction
PART THREE, WEEK 9-12: Roofing, fittings and landscaping of the completed unit to blend with the local landscape.