By February 25, 2019Uncategorized

‘Boulouki’ Itinerant Workshop for the Traditional Building Techniques presents the educational program

places of protection, grounds of freedom 

which will be held in the mountainous region of Tzoumerka between the 1st-6th of May 2019.

Melissourgoi mountain refuge, at 1023 m.
Pramanta mountain refuge, at 1300 m.

The program consists of two 6-day long workshops, which will take place simultaneously, at the Mountain Refuge of Melissourgoi and the Mountain Refuge of Pramanta, each one focusing on different materials and building techniques.

By virtue of both their proximity and distance from the fragile environment of the traditional settlements, the shelters’ space seems to be urging one’s ‘building’ imagination towards creative adaptations of the tradition. On the one hand, the adjacency to the settlements -which stand as repositories of a long building experience- allows us to reflect on the significance of architectural types, as formal structures and as carriers of multiple layers of knowledge and meaning. On the other hand, the distance from those great ‘teachers’, invites us to ‘play’ and imagine the ways through which the traditional techniques, the natural materials and the unmediated relation to the actual work, could be identified today and express our current complex and contradictory needs and desires.

In this manner ‘Shelters’ are introduced as places of protection as well as grounds of a certain freedom. During our stay, we will attempt to trace contemporary interpretations of tradition’s teachings, by engaging with two experimental constructions. Within this framework, those willing to participate are asked to choose between two topics, concerning the practical part of the workshops:

A) STONE – CLAY: Rearranging the traditional wood-fired oven
Drawing from the traditional typology, and also from contemporary adaptations, the new wood-fired oven of the Melissourgoi Shelter will be constructed with local stone, as well as, fired clay bricks and mud plasters for the dome. The local stone mason Pavlos Vihas and the earth construction specialist, Christos Kiriakogonas (member of Natural Building Collaborative), will be instructors during the building process.

B) WOOD: Introducing a treehouse in Tzoumerka
The treehouse, which the family running the Shelter of Pramanta is longing for, will be constructed entirely out of wooden parts using traditional joints. The building process will be led by Tryfonas Papaioannou, a local carpenter from the village of Kypseli and the architect-carpenter Giorgos Karvelas.

In parallel to the practical part of the workshop, the program will be supported by a series of lectures of technical and theoretical content by acknowledged academics and professionals, amongst them there will be Simeon Agathopoulos (professor, Dept. of Materials Science and Engineering, University of Ioannina), Maria Arakadaki (associate professor, Department of Architecture, AUTH), Stavros Apotsos (PhD candidate, Department of Architecture, AUTH) Giorgos Karvelas (architect-carpenter, former lecturer in University of Patras and TEI of Athens), Giorgos Mantanis (professor, Dept. of Wood & Furniture Design and Technology, TEI of Thessaly), Tzortzis Makrionitis (chemist, independent researcher of traditional wood-fired ovens) and Eleftheria Tsakanika (assistant professor, School of Architecture, NTUA). The lectures will be held at the Pramanta Conference Centre and at a community space of Melissourgoi village; They will be attended by participants of both workshops and will be open to the public.

Additionally, there will be talks and presentations by collectives and individuals involved in projects around construction and the commons, such as p2p lab, Habibi Works, ARMOS-Natural Building Collaborative, Georgia Kanellopoulou (Dafni Network) and people from the local community with important artistic work, like Giorgos Polyzos from the village of Tsopela.

Archive photograph of masons
Source: pyrsogianni.gr

The ‘Shelters’ workshops are addressed to professionals from the construction field and researchers from fields relevant to the production of space, who are willing to deepen their knowledge concerning wooden structures, building with stone and earth· as well as to everyone with keen interest in approaching the cultural heritage from the aspect of everyday practices and traditional techniques.

The maximum number of participants is 14 for each workshop.
Certificates of participation will be given, by the end of the workshop.

Participation fees
Τhe fee is fixed at 350€, including:

  • Participation in the workshop
  • Accommodation in the refuges for 7 nights
  • Breakfast and one full meal for all days.

The participants are responsible for travel and other personal expenses.

How to Apply
Apply by filling the following form and send it via email to info@boulouki.org by March 24th 2019 (In order to fill the form you will need Foxit or Acrobat Reader).

Important Dates
24 March 2019  Deadline for applications
31 March 2019   Selection of participants and confirmation of attendance
1-6 May 2019     Workshop Duration