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What: Intensive service-learning workshop
Topic: Vernacular eco-architecture of the Himalayas
Where: Dharmalaya Institute in Bir, HP, India
When: 1-15 June 2015 (must attend from the beginning)
Language: English (with Hindi translation if needed)
Facilitators: Various, including Mark Moore, Sourabh Phadke (not yet confirmed), et al.
Description: Residential service-learning programme at the Dharmalaya Institute with hands-on training in earthen building and more. Learn to build eco-friendly structures in the neo-traditional Kangra style of esteemed eco-architect Didi Contractor, while contemplating our relationship with nature and the values of sustainable and compassionate living.
› What is Vernacular Eco-Architecture? See this page for an introduction.
After the introductions, orientation, and general overview of the programme, we will get straight to work doing various hands-on projects around the Dharmalaya campus, including work on several earthen structures that are in various stages of construction. The main focus during this programme will be on roofing and weatherproofing our newest buildings so they will be protected from the rains. The work will probably include bamboo and slate, as well as mud plaster and possibly other techniques. We will also have theory discussions and other presentations and discussions. We may do some water flow management as well, in preparation for the coming rainy season.
Workshops and groups sessions may include the following:
- Hands-on education in neo-traditional earthen architecture of the Himalayas
- Making adobe bricks (sun-baked earth blocks)
- Earthen masonry (building adobe/cob walls)
- Earthen renders (mud plasters)
- Other natural building materials and methods (e.g. stone, bamboo, wood, etc.)
- Natural landscaping and organic gardening
- Possible participatory design opportunities (if and when timing and circumstances permit)
- Meditation/yoga/connected movement (optional morning/evening sessions)
What to expect:
- A blend of practice and theory, with emphasis on deepening understanding through practical experience.
- Opportunities to learn traditional methods by working alongside village artisans.
- You will be working with your hands and body for approximately six hours per day on most days of the programme, so it is recommended to be in reasonably good physical fitness when you arrive, and to bring work clothes.
- Beautiful, rustic, village setting with a simple lifestyle.
- Architecture and design students please note: The focus is on learning the materials, methods, and underlying principles of vernacular eco-architecture. There may or may not be small design opportunities, depending on circumstances on the worksite.
Cost: Rs 1000 per day (Rs 14,000 total) including comfortable tent accommodation and healthy meals (with private rooms available at additional cost). For low-income participants, a limited number of work-study scholarships are available (please contact us for details).
Before you pack for your trip to Dharmalaya, please read the very important information on our Visitor Info page and our FAQ. If you have a specific question that is not answered there, contact us here and we’ll be happy to answer.
NOTE FOR STUDENTS: This is not a certificate course. It is an introductory workshop offered for the benefit of those who sincerely wish to learn about vernacular eco-architecture, not to fulfill an academic requirement but for the sake of gaining understanding and experience in a real-world situation. Experiential learning is its own reward. If you are looking for a certificate course, there are plenty of those elsewhere.
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