Anna Heringer (AT)

Clay Storming

August 25th – August 31st 2019

The Workshop

This workshop not only gets your hands dirty but provides tools to use your design intuition. It is a method that helps to train your left side of the brain, brings joy and lightness in the design work and overcomes creative black-outs. It is a great method also for team-working and participatory design approaches.

We will 3D sketch on various clay models, discuss about the essence of architecture, archaic and humane spaces, and sustainability. We will design architecture that is based on a material understanding and learn how to get from small scale clay models to real scale mud architecture.

As I believe in an architecture approach that is created out of simple local materials we will also keep our senses open for potential pop-up structures with whatever we find at Boisbuchet's beautiful site!

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For Anna Heringer architecture is a tool to improve lives. As an architect and honorary professor of the UNESCO Chair of Earthen Architecture, Building Cultures, and Sustainable Development she is focusing on the use of natural building materials. She has been actively involved in development cooperation in Bangladesh since 1997. Her diploma work, the METI School in Rudrapur got realized in 2005 in collaboration with Eike Roswag and won the Aga Khan Award for Architecture in 2007. Over the years, Anna has realized further projects in Asia, Africa, and Europe. She has been visiting professor at various universities including Harvard, ETH Zurich, UP Madrid, TU Munich.
She received numerous honors: the Global Award for Sustainable Architecture, the AR Emerging Architecture Awards in 2006 and 2008, the Loeb Fellowship at Harvard’s GSD and a RIBA International Fellowship. Her work was widely published and exhibited in the MoMA New York, the V&A Museum in London and at the Venice Biennale among other places. In 2013 with Andres Lepik and Hubert Klumpner she initiated the Laufenmanifesto where practitioners and academics from around the world contributed to define guidelines for a humane design culture. In 2017 she was invited to give a TED talk.

The vision behind, and motivation for my work is to explore and use architecture as a medium to strengthen cultural and individual confidence, to support local economies and to foster the ecological balance. Joyful living is a creative and active process and I am deeply interested in the sustainable development of our society and our built environment. For me, sustainability is a synonym for beauty: a building that is harmonious in its design, structure, technique and use of materials, as well as with the location, the environment, the user, the socio-cultural context. This, for me, is what defines its sustainable and aesthetic value.