BOA ME HOUSE: Ghana Mud House Building Workshop

By Nka projects
Fri, Oct 9 8:49AM - Sat, Jan 16 10:49AM
Kumasi, Ghana, Kumasi

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) joana.coes@gmail.com and Stefano Mori (Italian) stefano.mori@live.com APPLICATION: Request application form and return it to stefano.mori@live.com / info@nkafoundation.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.

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