Cultural heritage as learning model
We organize workshops to supplement academic education.
We document and renovate buildings and public spaces to improve the living conditions of traditional environments. We work with local populations to define and carry out architectural intervention projects.
We talk about essential architectural concepts and plans: the land, the cultural heritage, the history of the settlements, the urban design of villages, the arrangement of public and private buildings, building materials and techniques, etc.
We learn to interpret the evolution of buildings using Stratigraphic Readings, and we work in the Materials Analysis Laboratory: proportions, additives, particle sizes, etc.
We learn traditional building techniques:
- Rammed earth
- Mud bricks
- Mud and pole framing
- Earthen plaster
- Tadelakt lime-based plastering
The workshop has exceeded my expectations. I was not aware that we would have such direct contact with the local master builders, I have learned directly from them.
I did not imagine that an oasis was like this. I had a more picturesque idea in my head. I have learned a lot and I see that it is valuable and I can apply it in my projects.
We work with students from various universities: tutorials and project development, site monitoring, documentation and research. The students get the opportunity to do professional internships where they join the Terrachidia team for their Bachelor’s or Master’s thesis projects.
We also take part in international conferences and seminars, where we present the results of the various projects and initiatives we are involved with.
We work with, among others, the Higher Technical School of Architecture of Madrid (Universidad Politécnica of Madrid), both on the Master’s in Heritage Conservation and on the ICHaB (Institute of Cooperation and Basic Habitability) postgraduate course (UNESCO Chair) and Basic Habitability course; with Universidad Alfonso X El Sabio (Madrid); with the CIAT (International Center for Tropical Agriculture); with the University of Girona; with the ArCHIAM Group of the University of Liverpool (United Kingdom); with CEPT University (India), and with the University of Notre Dame (Indiana, US).