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Event: Building with bottles workshop – August session

Building with bottles workshop – August session

After a short break from putting on events, the crew at Terraeden are back and ready to fill this winter with more fun, practical and informative workshops! The first one was an in depth look into building with glass bottles. After the success of that workshop and in honour of the many people who missed out on attending the first one, we have decided to run a second building with bottles workshop!

Glass bottles have been used in alternative buildings all over the world for well over a century now. The use of bottles in buildings became popularised by the countercultures of western countries around the late 60s and early 70s. Michael Reynolds of Earthship Biotecture pioneered the used of bottles within the Earthship design concept.

Building with glass bottles has many benefits. For one, it saves the amount of raw materials needed to fill a wall space by filling in the bulk of the area with the bottle bricks. It also saves energy on the processing that goes into recycling the glass at a recycling plant. The round shape of the bottles also allows you to make walls any shape as long as the walls are upright. This opens up an almost limitless world of creative potential. Bottles can also be made into see-through bricks that allow for a wild selection of design and colour.

The workshop is going to be facilitated by Duuvy Jester of Terraeden Biotecture. Duuvy was trained in New Mexico by Michael Reynolds and the rest of the Earthship Biotecture crew. He has organised and facilitated builds in Australia for the past 6 years including Australia’s first Earthship and the current development of the Terraeden Farm learning hub.

Here are some things that will be covered in the workshop:

assessing the site for design limitations
making sure the bottle wall is secure and strong
learning the physics of bottle wall construction
making see-through bottle bricks out of whole bottles
how to work with colour
making mortar mixes
working with oxides
making and applying finishing plaster
setting bottle bricks in the wall accurately
and other areas of design and practical skills

When? – Saturday 25th August 2018
Where? – Terraeden Farm, Nimbin NSW (address given to successful applicants)
How Much? – $80

To apply for this workshop, please follow this link

Thank you for reading and we look forward to meeting you all

Much love from all the crew at Terraeden Farm!