Bioclimatic earth

2024 Training Dates:
12th – 26th August

The immemorial tradition of building with earth proves the capacity of versatile earth construction techniques to adapt to varied bioclimatic regions. This two-week design workshop will reinvestigate earth architecture predominantly through environmental reasoning.


Architects and Students of Architecture, Structural/Environmental Engineers. Others will be considered upon individual review.


Classes start at 9 AM and finish at 4:30 PM.

Course content:

– Be introduced to the characteristics of the different climatic zones.
– Learn the basics of earth construction.
– Establish an understanding of the principles of bioclimatic architecture.
– Study examples of vernacular earth architecture acclimated for environmental comfort.
– Practice methods and use tools of weather analysis, establishing initial design guidelines for different environmental conditions.
– Engage in hands-on practice with adobe, cob, rammed earth, and CSEB.
– Gain a basic understanding of a few environmental design simulation tools.

– Students will apply the gained theoretical knowledge and practical skills in a design project; a challenge to design examples of innovative earth architecture adapted to the environmental conditions of different regions.

This intensive design workshop aims at providing designers with the knowledge needed to evoke their sensibility to simultaneously design with earth and with climate.

With Guest Lectures and Jury Participation by Satprem Maini (DSA from CRAterre) and other Auroville architects.


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