Next courses in the BI0N network!!

Our partners have opened their Workshops for international participants, if you are interested apply to the partner through following the links below. Or apply for the scholarship position AES holds for the workshops, as part of the BI0N network by sending us a letter of motivation to

#4 Apply to Design and Build with Cane, in Parc Natural de la Serra de Collserola, Barcelona, Spain

Design and Build with Cane is a 4 week building workshop, March 4th – 31st 2018. During the workshop we will build a cane building for a training center in natural building.

Where: Valldaura – Self Sufficient Labs is a project promoted by IaaC (Institute for Advanced
Architecture of Catalonia) for the creation of a self-sufficient habitat research centre.
Located in the Collserola Natural Park, in the heart of the metropolitan area of Barcelona, it has laboratories for the production of energy, food and things, and develops projects and academic programmes in association with leading research centres around the world.

Giant reed (Arundo donax) is an invasive plant which, although adapted to our culture, brings many environmental disorders: it has a high consumption of water and does not provide habitat and food for wildlife. Therefore, the removal and use given to this plant is important in the control of the species and its proliferation.

CanyaViva proposes to use the cane as a resource for construction, proposing an innovative, low cost technique for construction, gathering reeds in bundles so that it can be used structurally and not just for covering and paneling.

This workshop aims to introduce this technique to encourage the use of this material and provide tools to self-manage simple structures, while showing the enormous potential of this material.

For more information an to apply visit the network website


#5 Design and build with Rammed Earth

April 16-30th.
Rammed earth is a traditional building technique present in many parts of Spain, especially in the south of Extremadura, where most of the villages are built with rammed earth and painted with lime. This beautiful vernacular architecture is today under threat of extinction in spite of the countless benefits of raw earth, a local and low transformed material with high comfort regulation properties.

The workshop will be a two-week training program. We will build with rammed earth in a real context, at 1:1 scale for and with the local community in a public space. A balance between theory and practice (around 25% theory, 75% practice) will approach in detail the material and the techniques to build with rammed earth.
The most important topics covered by this training are: rammed earth production processes, how to transform raw earth into a built element; building with rammed earth – its principles, soil selection, level of mechanisation; rammed earth structures and details, an introduction to the design of rammed earth building; prefabricated rammed earth.

For more information an to apply visit the network website