Patricia Hepp on an educational institution for children with a musical and artistic orientation amidst nature: Kinder Insel Hombroich.
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.
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.
Anika Gruender and Florian Kirfel spoke to us about their move to the German countryside in Thüringen and about opening up an architecture practice there, Next to recuperating the old castle of the small village, they planned and built a wooden shed for leisure and stay.
Costa Nova Cultural and Social Center was built by ARX architects in the north of Portugal in 2015. It is an uncommonly beautiful wooden construction with stunning views and acts as a bridge between urban fabric and the ocean.
Bosna Quilt Werkstatt is real cross-border teamwork: Lucia designs the quilts in Bregenz, Austria and 11 women in Bosnia stitch them together by hand with the most beautiful patterns. The project originated in 1993 in a refugee home in Vorarlberg, during the Bosnia War and has grown ever since.
Florian Nagler speaks about a suitable and economical use of natural resources, how old construction techniques influence contemporary architecture and the beauty of distinct materiality.
Rudolf Plochmann explains contemporary forestation methods, the many qualities of wood and the beauty of the forest's atmosphere to us.
Niklas Fanelsa speaks to us in Gerswalde, in Brandenburg. It is located in the Uckermark, close to Berlin in Germany. His office, Atelier Fanelsa, opened a satellite office to work locally on projects in the area. We spoke about the potential and future of rural areas, new narratives, the beauty and essence of crafts and raw materials and how to learn from the countryside.
The Sea Ranch was built by Charles Moore and MLTW Architecture partnership in California, USA, in the 1960s. A PIONIRA architecture favourite due to its careful feeling for the surrounding landscape, due to the sustainable use of wood for construction and facade cladding and the overall masterplan, dominated by a low building typology, in accordance with the horizontal lines of nature along the ragged edges of the Sonoma Coast.
For Eileen Gray, a piece of furniture had to be practical and comfortable; it was never the mere carrier of an idea or an aesthetic. At the same time her furniture was never purely functional. She always added a touch of humour or irony to her design.
One of the most extensive architecture books featuring Portuguese vernacular architecture, geography and population, published in the 1980s. Central zone.
A Portuguese architecture classic: Dialogos de edificaçao. This chapter focusses on construction with locally fabricated bricks.
Exploring green design and natural building materials with the aim to improve life quality while meeting environmental guidelines with Catarina Pinto.
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.
Clara Lab is a holistic design research center in south Portugal, exploring sustainable development and stressing the importance to re-invent a rural future.
Local building materials and techniques are discussed in this Portuguese classic book: Dialogos de edificaçao. This chapter focusses on adobe construction.
Francisco explains the conservation of biodiversity, the smell of freshly harvested cork and the many advantages of cork as a sustainable building material.
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.
Female pioneers Anahory Almeida re-value traditional crafts in their architectural practice, transforming Portuguese culture from tradition to innovation.