Review of our Workshops

The month of September was dark and damp – or at least our workshops were. Despite the blazing sunshine outside, a sizeable group of curious minds gathered to learn more about innovative uses of mycelium and the perks of having an underground larder.


Maurizio giving us a crash course in the diverse and fascinating world of fungi

On 23rd September, Maurizio Montalti from the Italian company Mogu held a 1-Day workshop in the FabLab in Differdange. Mogu is a pioneer in the field of growing bio-material for construction and other things like leather using mycelium, the vegetative part of fungi. 19 interested participants (even some from Namur and Karlsruhe) got to know all stages of the mycelium growth, from the first thread-like fungal hypha to the dense, finished product.

After a quick introductory crash course in the technology that Mogu works with, all participants were ready to get their hands sterile, and then dirty: propagating “starter mycelium” in petri dishes, pasteurizing straw and corn starch (which our fungi would feed on) and preparing already colonised organic material for our own mycelium  xperiments. Using 3D printers and a thermoformer, various artistic objects, lampshades and tiles and were quickly manufactured and served as moulds for the mycelium to grow in. Rodolfo Baïz (Fablab) and Rodrigo Vergara (Äerdschëff) built a low budget incubator that created the perfect conditions for the mycelium to thrive in. Some of the artworks grew particularly quickly and were ready to be “baked” in the Fablab oven after only two weeks (people must have thought we were baking some Pizza Funghi). Waiting is the hardest part, but soon we will hopefully see fungtastic results.


Tina (centre) and Mrs Block (left) in her earth cellar

A week later, the Austrian architect and earth cellar-expert Tina Wintersteiger came for a two day event to show us how teaming up with the elements can save a lot of energy. In her presentation on Friday September 28th in the Beckericher Millen, we learned about different clever storage options for all manner of garden-produce. The concept is simple and has been used for millennia: a dark space that is surrounded by soil as much as possible, in combination with strategic ventilation creates the stable temperature and humidity that fruits and vegetables need to stay crisp for up to two years. Having visited many community gardens, smallholdings and commercial farms in Austria and Germany, Tina presented us a whole inventory of unconventional ideas for earth cellar-inspired storage solutions. Most of us, for instance, were not aware that with a few little tweaks, already existing rooms in the house can become a suitable storage room for certain vegetables.

The next day (Saturday), a group of 12 highly motivated people met for the workshop that gave us the opportunity to ask in-depth questions about our own storage-plans. Every participant sketched their living situation and discussed the different options with the group and Tina. In the afternoon, we visited the earth cellar of Mrs Block in Calmus that she had built and used successfully with her family.

The idea behind both these workshops were directly related to the Äerdschëff – we wanted to get to know materials and techniques that will be implemented in it, while also spreading innovative concepts and potentially find willing volunteers for the Ä-project.

Thanks again to all participants and course instructors for the insightful and inspiring workshops!

Sophia Hafner

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Read about our last interview for Delano

A big thank you to Jess Bauldry for this great article about our project!

Click here to read it!

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ÄERDKELLER WORKSHOP – 28+29 September

Ever wondered how they stored food before electricity?

ÄERDKELLER WORKSHOP
with Architect/Earth cellar expert Tina Wintersteiger (A)

Tina Wintersteiger is an architect and gardener in community gardens. For the book “Basiswissen Selbstversorgung aus Biogärten – Individuelle und gemeinschaftliche Wege und Möglichkeiten” by Andrea Heistinger she carried out building surveys and interviews and gathered knowledge about practices and (construction) techniques around the topic of fresh storage in earth cellars and external storage. Her office “Bauteiler” in Vienna (with Ing. Peter Kneidinger) offers among other things planning services for the construction of earth cellars and other naturally air-conditioned buildings.

FRIDAY
Lecture about earth cellars at 19h at the Millen in Beckerich.
The lecture will be held in german (we are working on a translation into French).

SATURDAY
Practical workshop and visit of an existing earth cellar in the afternoon.

In the planning workshop Tina Wintersteiger would like to respond to the questions and ideas of the different participants.

In small groups everyone will reflect on their own starting point. In a next step we will compile the results and collect topics. Subsequently we work solution-oriented on the topics and specific questions.

The aim of the approximately 4-hour-long practical workshop is that each and every participant can go home with a more concrete idea about their personal earth cellar, like how much storage space is actually being needed, which type of building fits in their context or how big their construction should be.

Apply soon —> limited spaces
Registration open until the 21st September,
please subscribe at: aerdscheff@cell.lu

Prices:
– 75 € Friday+Saturday
– 10 € only Friday

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MYCELIUM WORKSHOP – 23rd September 2018


Did you know that fungal mycelium (i.e. mushrooms’ vegetative network)
can be employed as a versatile building material?

CELL Äerdschëff Project is organising a workshop around Mycelium as biomaterial,
in direct collaboration with MOGU (IT) and with Fab Lab Differdange (LU).

The practical all-day workshop, led by Maurizio Montalti (MOGU),
will be held on Sunday, 23 September (10:00 – 18:00) at the Fab Lab Differdange.

After a short theoretical introduction on Mycelium-related processes and applications
(e.g. insulation, tiles, leather, etc.), participants will engage in hands-on learning activities,
with the objective of creating a variety of prototypes by means of mycelium growth.

Date: 23 September 2018
Location: Fab Lab Differdange (115 Rue Emile Mark)
Language: EN
Participation Fee: 100€ (20 participants max)
Please register at aerdscheff@cell.lu

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Updated plans of Äerdschëff!

During last few months we have been working hard to make our Äerdschëff even more adapted to Luxembourgish weather and legal conditions so that the building can come material and fully functional.

You can check the results out underneath.

 

Plan of Aërdscheff

Cross section of Aërdscheff

South facade of Aërdscheff

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NEW DATE Formation: Organiser mon chantier participatif

NEW DATE Formation: Organiser mon chantier participatif

Due to the strike announced in France we have postponed the training to 27th April 2018.

Formation: Organiser mon chantier participatif
Date: 27 avril 2018, 9:00-18:00
Lieu: CELL Beckerich
Langue: française
Prix : €120/personne
Dans le cadre du projet Äerdschëff, CELL a le plaisir de co-organiser avec Twiza cette formation sur l’organisation des chantiers participatifs.

Objectifs pédagogiques

• Préparer et réaliser un chantier participatif dans de bonnes conditions de convivialité et de sécurité.
• Appréhender le contexte juridique et assurantiel.
• Garantir la réussite du chantier participatif au regard du projet dans son ensemble, et en fonction de ses besoins et de ses ressources.

Programme

Ce sont les erreurs qui coûtent cher. Faites le point sur les bases pour que cette expérience reste un moment de convivialité qui accélère et dynamise votre chantier, une source de plaisir et non de stress.
1. Comprendre la pratique du chantier participatif
1.1 : fondamentaux, acteurs, typologies de chantiers
1.2 : pourquoi faire un chantier participatif ?
1.3 : contexte juridique et assurantiel

2. Préparer le chantier participatif
2.1 : communication et recrutement
2.2 : logistique de chantier, intendance pour les volontaires
2.3 : formalisation du cadre et des engagements

3. Réaliser le chantier
3.1 : phasage et planification
3.2 : sécurité
3.3 : animation et encadrement, organiser la convivialité, journées-types, répartition des rôles

4. Evaluer et équilibrer ses ressources et ses besoins
4.1 : anticipation du coût réel
4.2 : faire le bilan, outils méthodologiques
4.3 : se faire accompagner

Public
Particuliers qui envisagent d’avoir recours au chantier participatif dans le cadre de leur projet.

Prérequis
Aucun. Justement, le but de cette formation est de reprendre à la base. Attention toutefois, c’est une formation intense pour loger en une seule journée.

Intervenant
Cédric DANIEL, fondateur de Twiza, 1er réseau de l’habitat écologique et participatif en France.

Ingénieur de formation, il dispose d’une expérience personnelle de l’autoconstruction et d’une expérience professionnelle de plusieurs années dans le secteur du bâtiment. Il est très investi en France dans des réseaux associatifs nationaux comme le réseau français de la construction paille (RFCP) ou la fédération des accompagnateurs à l’autoproduction et à l’entraide dans le bâtiment (FEDAC).

Logistique
Pensez à apporter votre repas du midi, sachant qu’il y a sur place de quoi réchauffer et de la vaisselle. Un calepin et un stylo sont les bienvenus.

Inscription

Inscription obligatoire.

Places limitées à 12 maximum. Inscription valide après réception des frais d’inscription (€120) sur IBAN LU25 1111 7051 6673 0000 (BIC: CCPLLULL).

ou utilisez le bouton ci-dessous




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Tiny Office under the snow

The Tiny Office is sleeping under the  snow, waiting for the chantier to start!

Everything is calm now and coverend by snow, but in few months everything will change, the Äerdschëff is getting closer!

 

 

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Formation: Organiser mon chantier participatif

Formation: Organiser mon chantier participatif

Formation: Organiser mon chantier participatif
Date: 23 mars 2018, 9:00-18:00
Lieu: CELL Beckerich
Langue: française
Prix : €120/personne
Dans le cadre du projet Äerdschëff, CELL a le plaisir de co-organiser avec Twiza cette formation sur l’organisation des chantiers participatifs.

Objectifs pédagogiques

• Préparer et réaliser un chantier participatif dans de bonnes conditions de convivialité et de sécurité.
• Appréhender le contexte juridique et assurantiel.
• Garantir la réussite du chantier participatif au regard du projet dans son ensemble, et en fonction de ses besoins et de ses ressources.

Programme

Ce sont les erreurs qui coûtent cher. Faites le point sur les bases pour que cette expérience reste un moment de convivialité qui accélère et dynamise votre chantier, une source de plaisir et non de stress.
1. Comprendre la pratique du chantier participatif
1.1 : fondamentaux, acteurs, typologies de chantiers
1.2 : pourquoi faire un chantier participatif ?
1.3 : contexte juridique et assurantiel

2. Préparer le chantier participatif
2.1 : communication et recrutement
2.2 : logistique de chantier, intendance pour les volontaires
2.3 : formalisation du cadre et des engagements

3. Réaliser le chantier
3.1 : phasage et planification
3.2 : sécurité
3.3 : animation et encadrement, organiser la convivialité, journées-types, répartition des rôles

4. Evaluer et équilibrer ses ressources et ses besoins
4.1 : anticipation du coût réel
4.2 : faire le bilan, outils méthodologiques
4.3 : se faire accompagner

Public
Particuliers qui envisagent d’avoir recours au chantier participatif dans le cadre de leur projet.

Prérequis
Aucun. Justement, le but de cette formation est de reprendre à la base. Attention toutefois, c’est une formation intense pour loger en une seule journée.

Intervenant
Cédric DANIEL, fondateur de Twiza, 1er réseau de l’habitat écologique et participatif en France.

Ingénieur de formation, il dispose d’une expérience personnelle de l’autoconstruction et d’une expérience professionnelle de plusieurs années dans le secteur du bâtiment. Il est très investi en France dans des réseaux associatifs nationaux comme le réseau français de la construction paille (RFCP) ou la fédération des accompagnateurs à l’autoproduction et à l’entraide dans le bâtiment (FEDAC).

Logistique
Pensez à apporter votre repas du midi, sachant qu’il y a sur place de quoi réchauffer et de la vaisselle. Un calepin et un stylo sont les bienvenus.

Inscription

Inscription obligatoire.

Places limitées à 12 maximum. Inscription valide après réception des frais d’inscription (€120) sur IBAN LU25 1111 7051 6673 0000 (BIC: CCPLLULL).

ou utilisez le bouton ci-dessous





 

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Redesign the Steering Group 2018

Dear Groupe de Pilotage,

2017 is coming to an end. With the new year and the construction of our Äerdschëff approaching, we would like to propose a redesign of the GP meetings and involve you to a greater extent.

The GP meetings will be held once per month, every second Tuesday of the month. Here are the dates for your diaries. All meetings will be held at CELL, unless otherwise advised:

09.01.18

13.02.18

13.03.18

10.04.18

08.05.18

Until now, the GP meetings have been very colourful talking groups where we could exchange and discuss ideas. In 2018, we want them to be more practical and based on four different working groups, each one with a specific set of tasks. The working groups are

1-CHANTIER PARTICIPATIF (led by Loïc)

2-COMMUNICATION (led by Agata)

3-FUNDING (led by Katy)

4-MATERIALS (led by Gaia)

1- CHANTIER PARTICIPATIF WG

This working group will be led by Loïc with the help of the Äerdscheff team and will mainly focus on the organization and coordination of the volunteers that will come to help us building. The main problems to solve are:

  • Volunteer camp design (space, chores rota, accommodation, daily schedule, phases of building)

  • Registration design (how to get people to sign up smoothly and with commitment – here there is an overlap with Communication WG)

Here the trello board previously created by Rodrigo, Nuno and Leo.

If you enjoy and have some experience organising groups, workshops, if you have some good contacts here in the region and you want to help us, join this group and coordinate with Loic and the Ä team!

2- COMMUNICATION WG

This working group will be led by Agata with the help of the whole Ä team and will mainly focus on reaching out to the volunteers and communicating with them. The main tasks will be finding the contacts of the different earthship groups around EU and world and involve them in our project.
If you enjoy and have some experience in communication and advertising and you want to help us, join this group and coordinate with Agata and the Ä team to advertise our project!

3- FUNDING WG

This group will be led by Katy with the help of the whole Ä team. The focus of this group will be securing funding and sponsorship, with emphasis on the post-construction time.

If you enjoy and you have some experience in writing funding bids (in French and English), or like communicating with a diversity of people, and you want to help us, join this group and coordinate with Katy and the Ä team.

4-MATERIALS WG

This is the most practical group and will be led by Gaia with the help of the whole Ä team. The group will perform various tasks around preparing the building phase:

  • Getting and sorting materials

  • Cleaning and making bottle bricks

If you enjoy and have some experience with power tools and you want to do practical things, join this group and coordinate with Gaia and the rest of the Ä team.

Here you can find a google spreadsheet where you can subscribe to you r favourite group, you can also join more than one!

The Äerdschëff team would like to thank you for the interest shown during 2017 and your help during this long process.

We hope that you will support our project even more in the upcoming year!

We would like to wish you an amazing Christmas time and a great start of 2018!

Your Äerdschëff Team

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These Homes Could Redefine Sustainable Architecture

Here an interesting article on sustainable architecture.

It is all about building houses with simple and cheap material and teach this to people in order to be able to build their own house also in difficult conditions.

Read the article to know more about it!

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