Textile Block Workshop
German University of Technology,  Oman
2018
Image: Philip Heckhausen
Sitterwerk Summer School
St. Gallen,  Switzerland
2017
(in collaboration with Studio Roger Boltshauser EPFL)
(images 5,6,7: Philip Heckhausen)


Earthen Totem
German University of Technology,  Oman
2017
EPFL Workshop
Lausanne, Switzerland
2017
Shuprana II
Marrakech, Morocco
2016
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Shuprana I
Marrakech, Morocco
2015
At the foothills of the Atlas Mountains, the first walls of a Guest House were erected for a slowly developing permaculture campus. 

Participants spent 6 days investigating the theoretical and hands-on implications of earthen building techniques. Emphasis was placed on understanding soil mixtures and forming techniques integral to unstabilized rammed earth and adobe brick production.  The context of the Maghreb allowed for tutorials in traditional lime plaster (tadelakt) and tile (zellig) led by local craftsmen.

In cooperation with BC Architects & Studies
Shuprana I
Marrakech, Morocco
2015
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House Ajeli
Ikanga, Tanzania
2015
Under the theme “Building Simply”, students from the ETH Zurich developed and built a two housing prototypes in the rural highlands of Tanzania.  Over the course of 3 months, students collaborated with local builders and the Rural Development Organization Mdabulo to realize the projects.

The primary areas for improvement (heating, indoor air quality) were addressed through walls of rammed earth and a core element featuring an integrated clay oven and chimney. A ceiling of light loam and pine needles provided for additional insulation. Materials were selected based on their availability, durability and their impact on the local economy. An open plan allowed for the circulation of air and light - subtley distinguising areas of privacy from communal gathering.

ETH Zürich Summer School, Guest Professorship Anna Heringer & Martin Rauch
House Ajeli
Ikanga, Tanzania
2015
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House Shangwe
Ikanga, Tanzania
2015
The second Tanzanian housing protoype developed by students of the ETH Zürich. The fireplace with chimney seeks to improve upon the current practice of cooking on an open fire within the home.  The rammed earthen walls were a mixture of local gravel, loam, rich river clay and pine needles.  Steep wooden roof trusses enabled rainwater to be efficiently collected while also creating a spacious interior.

ETH Zürich Summer School, Guest Professorship Anna Heringer & Martin Rauch
House Shangwe
Ikanga, Tanzania
2015
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Community Center
Mdabulo, Tanzania
2015
Students of the ETH Zürich developed a design for a Community Center to be used by the local Rural Development Organization in Mdabulo, Tanzania.  Over the course of 3 months, students assisted with the construction, with the intention that local workers would finish the project independantly. 
Situated on a steep slope the elongated hall features 3 facades of rammed earth and a fourth of light loam (zabur technique). Thick earthen walls allow for large recessed niches, creating opportunities to sit or congregate as well as a visual identity for the building.  

ETH Zürich Summer School, Guest Professorship Anna Heringer & Martin Rauch
Community Center
Mdabulo, Tanzania
2015
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German University of Technology
Muscat, Oman
2015
As an addition to a pavilion of adobe brick, students from the German University in Oman constructed a rammed-earthen element in 1 day. Material was a mixture of local gravel and soil excavated directly from the site. In subsequent weeks and without supervision, the students utilized this experience to build the wall further.  
German University of Technology
Muscat, Oman
2015