House in Ibicoara, Bahia

This large house project was completed in late 2011. I am excited to finally share it now it has been settled in and loved for some time – and you get to see it in its beautiful finished state and how it’s aged over time. We were approached by an earthbag workshop participant in mid-2011…

The beauty of earth building – Japan

I have recently returned from an architectural tour of Japan. The country never ceases to amaze me in the precision and care put into each and every detail… even (or especially) when the buildings are made from just clay and bamboo – which are the traditional building materials there. One mission we have at AuwaEarth is…

Shepherds Ground EcoVillage Community Engagement weekend

AuwaEarth was invited back to the Shepherds Ground Eco Village in late 2016 to assist the growing community in planning the next step forward and give an introductory talk on good design principles and community engagement – and also the importance of connecting with your neighbours! Hosted by Bobbie and Owen the engagement days were planned…

Coonamble site visit

We travelled to the far flung regional town of Coonamble recently on invitation by the local Wailwaan Aboriginal community, to investigate the feasibility of holding an earthbag workshop out there – with view to build more and more earthbag structures in the future. We arrived in the evening after a long 6 hr drive north…

Sandhills makeover

Sandhills Community Garden (sandhillscommunitygarden.org) is a much loved community garden in Newcastle East. It was one of the very first community gardens to start in Newcastle and has had wide recognition due to the tireless efforts of garden coordinator Dr Christine Everingham. It is an open, very accessible garden and truly is there for all…

ArchiCamp 2015

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,…

Hamilton school wall facelift

This wall was located in the middle of the main school courtyard – and after a year or so of having school children running over the wall every day and enjoying it very much, it was time for little facelift and a new, brighter colour. This time a thick lime stucco was again applied just…

Billabong Park wall – Gloucester

We were invited on behalf of the amazing Gloucester Tucker Patch (www.tuckerpatch.com.au) and the Gloucester Environment Group to build a garden wall and seat as park of a demonstration day for the annual clean energy festival held there. We had lots of helpers throughout the day and before long a beautiful curved garden wall was…

Toronto retaining wall rendered

A couple of weeks after the Earthbag retaining wall was finished we came back to make a day of rendering it. Its always lots of fun rendering as you can be so creative – it’s just like moulding clay. The render is made from lime, sand and a small amount of cement for stiffness and…

Toronto Area Community Garden retaining wall

We were invited by the lovely Bea and Michelle at Toronto Area Community Garden to build a small retaining wall to define an area of ground at the rear of the community hall which would make planting and growing easier for all and inject new life into the community garden. We held a one day…

Wall rendering at Hamilton PS

After the school holidays everyone returned to the wall to finish it off with a thick coat of lime stucco render. The school had decided they wanted it a terracotta colour instead of the natural sand colour so this time we mixed up some red oxide to go into it, which worked well. All children…

Hamilton Public School Earthbag Day

After postponing our first day due to rain many people arrived to take part in the next earthbag day – and it turned out to be beautiful! Lots of parents and children from Hamilton PS turned up to take part in the day, in which we achieved much more than anyone thought possible. We were…