We took part in this fabulous weekend as part of ArchiCamp, founded by Jiri Loewe – a current architecture student at the University of Newcastle – in it’s inaugural ‘architecture in the sticks’ to be held at a different rural locations around Australia each year.
Held this year at a newly formed eco-village near Butterwick, NSW – Shepherds Ground – over a very hot October long weekend, this first camp was not only a great experiment but huge success. Students travelled from many states to join together and meet with lecturers and professors of architecture – such as Drew Heath, Ric Leplastrier and Kerry & Lindsay Clare – as well as join many interested locals and members of the Shepherds Ground community to ‘learn from the land’.
Temporary structures were built over that weekend, reams of butter paper sketches produced and existing farm structures re-purposed with view to generate conversation and propel the masterplan for Shepherds Ground forward. Along with that some fantastic new techniques were demonstrated such as hempcrete construction (hemp production has commenced nearby – see www.hempcrete.com for more information) and Auwaearth gave a talk on ‘Designing for Communities’.
We will be back to visit Lucie and the fantastic community of people at Shepherds Ground in the future to run a variety of bio-architecture courses so stay tuned.