Natural building materials are tested at Oficinas do Convento's Earth Lab, giving new life to an old convent by hosting workshops and residencies.
One of the most extensive architecture books featuring Portuguese vernacular architecture, geography and population, published in the 1980s. Central zone.
One of the most extensive books on Portuguese architecture, geography, geology and population form the 1980s. Alentejo region.
One of the most extensive architecture books featuring Portuguese vernacular architecture, geography and population, published in the 1980s. Algarve region.
Local building materials and techniques are discussed in this Portuguese classic book: Dialogos de edificaçao. This chapter focusses on adobe construction.
Exploring green design and natural building materials with the aim to improve life quality while meeting environmental guidelines with Catarina Pinto.
A biodiversity hotspot, spanning across rolling hills of protected nature. A home to animals, grapes for Portuguese wine and the slow forward movement.
Local sustainable building materials and techniques are discussed in the Portuguese classic book: Dialogos de edificaçao. This chapter focusses on rammed earth construction.
Clara Lab is a holistic design research center in south Portugal, exploring sustainable development and stressing the importance to re-invent a rural future.
Hand painted tiles date back to the mid 16th Century in Portugal, one of the most traditional factories Viúva Lamego explains their relevance today.
Learning about the process of making bricks, the unique beauty of the material, the danger of bricks breaking with the cold and about hand crafts becoming almost extinct in Portugal as a building material supplier.
Time stands still at this estate based on a regenerative agroforestry model and organic farming methods with majestic cork trees and organic produce.
Syntropic agriculture as a sustainable practice, a system developed based on the ideas of Ernst Gotsch, is explored at the Herdade Freixo do Meio.
A Portuguese architecture classic: Dialogos de edificaçao. This chapter focusses on construction with locally fabricated bricks.
The Convento da Arrábida was built during the 16th Century, after being founded in 1542 by Friar Martinho de Santa Maria. It became an important site for pilgrimage and a home to monks, living in cells carved into the steep rocks of the mountain range of Arrábida.
Wilhelm Schubert, former head of the Bavarian Horticulture and Viticulture Institute, spoke to us about various forms of social- and urban gardening and the pioneering "Ökosoziale Siedlung" in Bamberg, Germany.
Christian Wittmann on the social structure of the village he calls home: Friesenhausen. A rural area with a strong sense of community and a strategy for living comfortably together in old age.