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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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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Presenting our Steering Group – Marcel Barros


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Meet Marcel Barros, who is involved in the Äerdschëff project as a technical advisor. Marcel has a lot of experience in doing things himself and fixing up systems.

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Voici Marcel Barros, qui nous conseille en matière technique sur le projet Äerdschëff. Marcel a beaucoup d’expérience dans le bricolage et dans la mise en oeuvre de systèmes.

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Presenting our Steering Group – Diane Arendt


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Meet Diane Arendt, a local nurse involved in helping us in the organisation of the participatory construction of the Äerdschëff that will start this Summer.

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Voici Diane Arendt, une infirmière de la région qui nous aide dans l’organisation du chantier participatif du Äerdschëff qui aura lieu cet été.

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Presenting our Steering Group – Johanna Jacob


Meet Johanna Jacob from Common Paradox (http://www.commonparadox.com), the architect who has been involved in preparing the plans and the model for the permit process for CELL’s Äerdschëff Project.

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Voici Johanna Jacob de Common Paradox (http://www.commonparadox.com), l’architecte qui a préparé les plans et la maquette pour le processus d’obtention des permis de construire pour le projet Äerdschëff de CELL.

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Wat ass een Äerdschëff?

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Photos de la maquette du Aërdscheff

Voici quelques photos de la construction de la maquette du Aërdscheff sur le site d’implantation, le “Atert Lycée Redange”.

Le résultat final sera bientôt visible !

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Transition-Projekt Äerdschëff
: Einfach bauen


Transition-Projekt Äerdschëff
: Einfach bauen


« Faszinierend ist sie, die Idee eines Earthships, eines nachhaltig angelegten, autarken Gebäudes. Bei ihrer Umsetzung in Luxemburg werden Vernetzung und Partizipation beim Bauprozess im Vordergrund stehen.

Bald werden hier Schulklassen die Pflanzungen besichtigen und NGOs Seminare veranstalten. Im geplanten Bistrotbereich im Wintergarten wird man Biowein trinken und den Fischen im Aquaponik-Aquarium zuschauen können. Eine Art neues alternatives Kulturzentrum soll nämlich in Redingen entstehen, gleich neben dem Atert-Lycée. Das ist aber nicht das Besondere an dem Projekt – und dass auf der anderen Seite ein Cactus-Supermarkt liegt, auch nicht.

Hier geht’s zum WOXX Artikel: Weiterlesen…

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Recruiting Now for a Long-Term EVS Opportunity on the Äerdschëff project in Luxembourg

Recruiting Now for a Long-Term EVS Opportunity on the Äerdschëff project in Luxembourg

Would you like to embark on the journey of a lifetime for a year-long European Volunteer Service (EVS) on an earthship-inspired project in Luxembourg? Are you under 30 and a resident of the EU?

CELL is currently working on the design and implementation of an ecological and participatory building project that is supported by public authorities and a philanthropic foundation. We are planning to build the earthship-inspired building during 2017. Through this project, CELL combines responses to current societal challenges in terms of energy transition and training in natural building. The project that we’re developing is a self-sufficient building, based on the principles of the ‘earthship’, i.e. autonomy in terms of water supply, electricity supply, wastewater treatment and thermoregulation. The project also has a strong food component. The materials are as far as possible natural or reclaimed/recycled. View full post…

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