Cascina Crocetta, SP52, 12070 Castelletto Uzzone CN, Italy

Rural Construction

when 14 July 2019 - 14 September 2019
language English
duration 9 weeks
credits 4 EC
fee EUR 380

Banca del Fare is a Non-profit project that proposes ARCHITECTURE SUMMER WORKSHOPS immersed in the landscape of an ancient Italian countryside, Alta Langa, aiming to: transmit knowledge and building techniques related to stone traditional constructions and provide people with an opportunity to connect theoretically learning with an hands on approach.

WHAT CAN YOU LEARN?

WORKSHOPS ON RURAL CONSTRUCTION IN CASCINA CROCETTA VILLAGE:
During one or two week courses, students can get hands on experience on a real building site. They will learn techniques to restore traditional stone and wood constructions and build new addictions with sustainable materials. Our teachers are master craftsmen that still know traditional local techniques almost forgotten in favour of modern construction technologies. Working side-by-side with students, we try to build a bridge to pass knowledge between the old and the new generations.

The workshops at Cascina Crocetta are focused on two types of constructions:

THE RESTORATION OF THE “CIABOT”: small buildings used traditionally by farmers for activities related to agriculture. They typically consist of a single functional module, often with two floors. Ciabot are simple and practical structures built in harmony with the landscape, maintaining the distinct character and construction techniques of the region.

THE CONSTRUCTION OF NEW SPACES at the farm where the school is located will amplify and consolidate the existing buildings. This year’s workshops will mainly focused on the construction of a new and more spacious kitchen to be used by the customers of Cascina Crocetta. As it is a new volume installed at the back of the main building, we will work on every step of the process starting with the foundations and ending with the construction of the flat roof. We aim to merge harmoniously both traditional and modern constructive techniques and take the chance to use “natural” materials in a contemporary way.

There will be four workshops during this summer:
1. CONSTRUCTION OF LOAD-BEARING MASONRY from July 14th to 27th
2. WOOD CARPENTRY from July 28th to August 10th
3. CONSTRUCTION OF THE FLAT ROOF AND THE HEMP-LIME INSULATION LAYER from August 18th to 31st
4. PREPARATION AND APPLICATION OF LIME-BASED PLASTERS from September 1st to 14th

Course leader

CRAFTSMEN

Giovanni Bertola and Fernando Gallo: for 50 years they have been working with stone using traditional techniques. They are enthusiastic about their trade and willingly pass their passion onto their students.

Merlino Zeldenthuis: carpenter

Target group

The principal participants of our courses are mainly students of Architecture, Engineering and Fine Arts.
This includes not only Italians but also foreign students from different universities or projects (e.g. EVS,
Erasmus+). However, the school is open to anyone who is interested in a working architectural heritage
experience while living in a UNESCO designated area.

Course aim

1. CONSTRUCTION OF LOAD-BEARING MASONRY from July 14th to 27th

WHAT WILL YOU LEARN?
The first workshop will be focused on the construction of the foundations and walls for the new kitchen of Cascina Crocetta. This year we will construct an all-new building with self-supporting masonry walls made of Langa stone as we are in a search to combine harmoniously both modern and traditional material and techniques. At the same time, we will also build the containment walls that design the exterior spaces of the kitchen. These walls will be built according with the dry stone building tradition, using all the rules and knowledge that our craftsmen will be happy to share with you.


2.WOOD CARPENTRY from July 28th to August 10th

WHAT WILL YOU LEARN?
In the second workshop we will continue the works on the masonry walls of the new kitchen of Cascina Crocetta. At the same time we will start with our carpenter to create the wooden structure for the kitchen walls, that will hold the windows, complete the installation of the insulation and set the primary structure of the flat roof of the kitchen.


CONSTRUCTION OF THE FLAT ROOF AND HEMP-LIME INSULATION LAYER from August 18th to 31st

WHAT WILL YOU LEARN?
In the third workshop we will work close by with our carpenter to build the flat roof of the new kitchen of Cascina Crocetta. The flat roof will house a terrace for recreational purposes for the future students of the Banca del Fare, and must therefore have a structure adequately sized for this purpose. At the same time we will work on the laying of the insulation of the kitchen walls. For this purpose we will use a thermo plaster based on a paste of lime and hemp: a mixture of slaked lime and hemp hurds (the woody residue of the plant stem). This plaster is highly valued in green building and has excellent thermal insulation properties, high breath ability and very low hydraulic shrinkage, guaranteeing the absence of cracks. At the head of the work we will have the pleasure of hosting for the first time the restorer, expert on bio-building, Luciano Riberi who, through lectures and practice in the field, will guide us step by step in the making of the mixture and laying techniques of this extraordinary material.


PREPARATION AND APPLICATION OF LIME-BASED PLASTERS from September 1st to 14th

WHAT WILL YOU LEARN?
The fourth and last workshop will be focused on the finishing works of the new kitchen walls of Cascina Crocetta, where the students will learn how to work with lime and cocciopesto (tadelak type) based plasters. Danilo Diante will be coordinating the works as he is an expert on the research and reuse of lime-based plasters and on the use of natural materials. With him we will learn how these natural plasters are composed and how to prepare them to be of high quality. We will talk about the quantity and quality of the inert, the different typologies of binder, the characteristics of the walls and the correct way to apply these plasters by doing it on site. At the same time we ill be able to finish the works on the flat roof that the precedent students started to build.

Credits info

4 EC
4/6 credits for students attending the Polytechnic University of Turin (for Architecture or Engineering)

Fee info

EUR 380: 7 days = 380€ if booked before the 15th of June, after this date the price will increase 10%

•52 hours of theoretical, practical, and cultural activities;
•Food costs (breakfast, lunch, and dinner) cooked by a professional chef;
•Accommodation: in bedrooms of 2, 3, 4 and 7 beds;
•Transport to and from the closest railway station and transportation during the course;
•Tours on the region to experience some of its historical and natural heritage;
•Enogastronomy Tour with lunch and tasting of the local products (optional with extra cost);
•Events in the evening: cinema, theatre, music, and theme nights.
EUR 675: 14 days = 380€ if booked before the 15th of June, after this date the price will increase 10%

•102 hours of theoretical, practical, and cultural activities;
•Food costs (breakfast, lunch, and dinner) cooked by a professional chef;
•Accommodation: in bedrooms of 2, 3, 4 and 7 beds;
•Transport to and from the closest railway station and transportation during the course;
•Tours on the region to experience some of its historical and natural heritage;
•Enogastronomy Tour with lunch and tasting of the local products (optional with extra cost);
•Events in the evening: cinema, theatre, music, and theme nights.