Milan, Casa Chiaravalle, via Sant'Arialdo 69, Italy

#6 Design and build with ØKM (Local and Recycled materials)

when 4 June 2018 - 29 June 2018
language English
duration 4 weeks
credits 1 EC
fee EUR 650

The workshop organized by ARCò Architecture and Cooperation is the sixth in the cycle BIØN (Building Impact Zero Network), which will take place from 4th to 29 th June in Casa Chiaravalle in Milan, a place confiscated from the organized crime that will become a reception centre for immigrants.
The workshop will be a four-week training and a hands-on experience. A balanced process between theory and practice will approach in detail the different local and recycled materials and the earthships and earthbags techniques. Through these techniques participants will learn how to use natural and recycled materials to create a 1:1 scale prototype for the development of new functions of the local community.
Working days are from Monday to Friday. During the weekends, an additional non-mandatory program of lectures and field trips will be proposed. The complete course is divided in 4 weeks (40 working hours per week). Partecipants are free to sign for the individual week modules, where basic notions about the techniques used will be provided, or the full course. The program has a theoretical framework, while the major focus is a hands-on approach, "learn by doing".

Course leader

arch. Ph.D. Alessio Battistella, chairperson of ARCò Architecture and Cooperation

Target group

The workshop is aimed at architects, engineers, students, migrants, NEET

Course aim

Design and Build with Økm (Local and Recycled Materials) in a real context, prototyping 1:1 object for the development of new activities of the local community. The aim is to create a physical and theoretical space for a discussion on the local sustainability exploring the potencial of alternative and low cost building techniques.

Credits info

1 EC
Regarding the recognising credits, a weekly module is equivalent to 1-2 CFU-ECTS. A certificate of attendance with the information about the number of working hours will be issued, which then must be validated by the University of origin.

Fee info

EUR 650: Fee includes breakfast and lunch, educational printouts and insurance. Building materials and tools will be provided.
The certificate of participation will be granted.


We will provide 5 scholarships for migrants and NEET (Not in Education, Employment or Training) to take part to the workshop. For those 5 people the fee will be free.