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.
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.
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.
Rudolf Plochmann explains contemporary forestation methods, the many qualities of wood and the beauty of the forest's atmosphere to us.