Castelletto Uzzone (CN), Italy

Raw Earth

when 20 July 2023 - 30 July 2023
language English
duration 2 weeks
credits 3 EC
fee EUR 550

Raw earth is undoubtedly the oldest and most widespread building material in the world. Constructions made of earth, can be found in any corner of the planet given the accessibility and ductility of the material. Mortars, plasters, floors, load-bearing walls, compressed blocks, are all achievable with the same material although presenting different characteristics depending on the area in which the structures are built. The advantages offered by raw earth are innumerable and all respond to the same common denominator: sustainability. The buildings in raw earth, as well as the construction processes, reflect the harmonious relationship between man and nature that over time has been gradually breaking down.

Course leader

Pietro Degli Esposti is the founder of the architecture and construction atelier Matierra and regularly organizes and joins practical workshops on earth construction in Europe and he gave lectures and tutoring at different European institutes.

Target group

The workshop is open to anyone interested in the subject, regardless of age, provided they are at least 18 years old. The official languages of the activities will be Italian and English.

Course aim

Theory and practice for the realization of a floor, structures and plasters in raw earth in the design project and re-functionalization of two rooms by Cascina Crocetta.
The workshop provides the theoretical and practical skills to create floors and structures with the technique of Pisè (Rammed earth) and the realization of plasters in raw earth.
With a view to a general re-functionalization of the common areas, there will be two specific areas of Cascina Crocetta. In an ancient cellar will be realized a floor and a series of structures with rammed-earth a second room will be realized plasters for the re-functionalization of what will become a reception room of Cascina Crocetta. The construction phase will be supported by a series of theoretical lessons and practical tests on raw earth.

Credits info

3 EC
The participants will receive a certificate of attendance at activities for a number equal to 75 hours of work., which can be used to apply for ETS.

Fee info

EUR 550: The participation fee to the workshop is €550 including VAT (including insurance costs). Lessons, accommodation and board are included in the price, as well as excursions and visits. There is no refund for travel expenses to reach the workshop location.
EUR 470: *EARLY BIRD for registrations before May 15th: 470€ VAT included instead of 550€.