Marking the 20th anniversary of the first (1995) natural building colloquium at the Black Range Lodge in Kingston, New Mexico, Builders without Boarders and the Black Range Lodge, in cooperation with Cob Cottage Company, hosted the 2015 Natural Building Colloquium. The following photos paint a broad picture of the venue and workshops that took place. A special thanks to Ya-Yin LIN for all of her help in reaching the event and for some of the photos.
September 14-17 helped teach an earth building and natural plastering workshop at the Haja Center in Seoul, South Korea. The workshop was led by Mr. Seongwon Kim, leader of South Korea's renaissance of hand crafts and appropriate technology. Mr. Minsu Kang of TerraKorea lead the construction of an earthen wall using paper egg crates based on ancient Korea's practice of building cob walls incorporating discarded roofing tiles.
The Haja Center is an alternative school in Seoul, South Korea providing education in urban farming, appropriate technology, alternative energy and natural building, as well as courses in graphic design, digital media, film, cooking and restaurant management, etc. The Haja Center hosts a middle school, high school, two-year post high school program, young chef program, entrepreneur incubation center, recording studio, carpentry workshop, bicycle repair center, cafes and countless other programs and workshops.
It is truly an inspiration and heart warming to see young students engaged in learning, passionate about life, and actively creating the society and world in which they want to live.
Cafe Nenrin is located in Konan City, Shiga Prefecture, near lake Biwa. The area around lake Biwa was historically a marsh habitat featuring reeds, which were traditionally used as thatch for roofs and a lattice for earthen walls.
Cafe Nenrin features an innovative reed thatch exterior finish and an earthen plaster interior finish.
Along the exterior wall is a straw bale bench reinforced with earth plaster and finished with Kiwado's Nagomi plaster.
The following photos describe the construction of the straw bale bench: