Down to Earth



Explorations in biological- and low-impact building techniques

The seminar builds upon the knowledge produced over a six-year-long journey of practical explorations in biological- and low-impact building techniques. Our aim for this gathering is to cultivate networks of sustainable practice both in the international community of BIØN and within local Swedish networks of practitioners, academics and the general public, building a platform for knowledge exchange.

Preliminary program:

9.00 Coffee and registration

9.15 Introduction

9.30 Building Impact Zero Network – pecha-kucha 

10.30 Building with Earth – presentation

11.30 User driven & inclusive design – presentation

12.00 Lunch 

13.00 Cooperative and people-led movements – presentation and discussion

13.30 Prototyping and hands-on learning – presentation

14.30 Coffee break and mingle

15.00 Resourceful architecture – presentation

15.30 Circularity in building practice – presentation and conversation

16.30 Future practice of sustainable futures – panel

17.30 Closure and mingle

Keynote speakers:

  • Tânia Teixeira, Project Coordinator for Bi0n, Architect and founder of Cru Atelier architects, Active member of Oficinas do Convento
  • André dos Santos Pereira, Electro-technical engineer, Founder and Board Member of Cooperativa Integral Minga, CRL, Active member of Oficinas do Convento in the electronic field of programming machines 
  • Anna Sundman, Architect and co-founder of AES, Partner Theory Into Practice, Co-founder Arkitekturinstitutet
  • Stefan Pollak, Architect M.Sc, Ph.D. in Sustainable Urban Design, Co-founder and board member of AK0
  • Alessandra Fasoli, Designer, PhD candidate in Sustainable Design at Kingston School of Art London, co-founder of AK0
  • François Gillet, Social worker, Researcher in social education in HE2B Brussels
  • Lucile Couvreur, Material Engineer, Post-Master CRATerre, co-founder of Miga oficina rural de construcción (ACTYVA S.Scoop)
  • Alessio Battistella, Architect, PhD, Researcher at Politecnico di Milano (DAStU), president and co-founder of ARCò – Architettura e cooperazione.
  • Jonathan Cory-Wright, Architect, Founder of CanyaViva

Meet all the partners and learn from our work

Any questions about the seminar, how to join?  Contact Emily Aquilina

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