Building the New World

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Let your hands teach your mind as we build natural and sustainable structures – walls, benches, domes and arches – out of nearby earth. Following our Superadobe Basics workshops last fall and this spring, we’re holding a 9-day intensive workshop April 5-13 where expert natural builder Biko Casini will be in town to teach us advanced principles and techniques while we work on a larger project at the Hive

Sign up at the links below.


Pre-workshop events:
Free Earthbag Film Screening & Discussion
Thursday, April 3, 2014 7:45pm
at Tortuga gallery (map). RSVP to the Facebook event.
Free Lecture by expert builder Biko Casini
Friday, April 4, 2014 5pm
at UNM Anthropology Building, Room 163 (map)


Building the New World: A Comprehensive Guide to Earthbag Construction
Part 1. Weekend. Beginner/intermediate Super Adobe Training
Saturday & Sunday April 5-6, 2014
8am-6pm (lunch 12-2)
Part 2. Weekdays
Monday-Friday April 7-11, 2014
8am-8pm (lunch 1-3)
$75 per day
Part 3. Weekend. Advanced Super Adobe Training
Monday-Friday April 7-11, 2014
8am-6pm (lunch 12-2)
$175 per day

Both weekends and any/all weekdays

A $50 discount is available for UNM students, and a $25 discount for those who took any of our previous Superadobe Basics workshops. Contact us to sign up with the discount.

Limited scholarships are available for serious participants unable to pay course fees. Contact Jesse Kalapa ( 400-8845) for scholarship info.

The art of building with Superadobe might have been designed for other worlds, but it’s become a popular and innovative method down here on Earth! Superadobe represents a truly sustainable building technique that fulfills the needs of both people and planet. With simple natural materials and the labor of a few dedicated individuals, barbed-wire and bags of dirt are transformed into magnificent works of architecture. Domes, homes, archways, cisterns, raised beds, walls, and a plethora of other applications, are all possible through this method. During this two weekend workshop series, participants will learn how to construct a circular stem wall, a 10 foot archway, and a serpentine wall with integrated LED glass bottle lights.

Lead instructor Biko Casini is an alumnus of Cal-Earth- The California Institute of Earth Art and Architecture. He is a third-generation brick mason and has dedicated over 16 years of his life to building with natural materials here and abroad and thus has a wealth of knowledge to offer. Participants stand to learn useful and empowering skills from Biko and his assistant instructors during this transformative workshop.

*Architect Nader Khalili originally devised this building method for NASA lunar structures.

Participants are encouraged to bring: closed toed shoes, work clothes, lunch, and good vibes.