Natural building materials are tested at Oficinas do Convento's Earth Lab, giving new life to an old convent by hosting workshops and residencies.
A biodiversity hotspot, spanning across rolling hills of protected nature. A home to animals, grapes for Portuguese wine and the slow forward movement.
Francisco explains the conservation of biodiversity, the smell of freshly harvested cork and the many advantages of cork as a sustainable building material.
Clara Lab is a holistic design research center in south Portugal, exploring sustainable development and stressing the importance to re-invent a rural future.
Time stands still at this estate based on a regenerative agroforestry model and organic farming methods with majestic cork trees and organic produce.
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.
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.
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.