“I am not African because I was born in Africa, but because Africa was born in me.”
Welcome to Kalì | Earth Architecture Workshop website!
The workshop was hosted by Nka Foundation and RADeF in Okorase Arts Village (Ashanti Region, Ghana) from September 1st to December 1st 2018.
After winning the “Reinventing the African Mud House” challenge in January 2018, architects Irene Librando and Nadia Peruggi recruited 18 volunteers coming from all Europe and departed to Ghana to build their project of a mud earth unit for a junior high school for youths in rural Ghana. For 3 months we immersed ourselves in local culture and lifestyle, while trying to give our help to the local community.
Our goal was to learn from Ghanaian manpower and, at the same time, help them innovate their work in an improving and sustainable way. We learnt a lot from them about raw earth techniques and, with the help of the volunteers, managed to improve our design to accommodate the needs of the community.
After collecting around 9000 euros from our volunteers and donations, we managed to build a 66 m2 classroom for 30 students, using:
EARTH: 133 m3
CEMENT: 167 bags (8350 Kg)
SAND: 57 m3
PLASTIC: 1125 bags
MATS: 50 pieces (6×16 feets)
53 pieces 2×6 inches
160 pieces 2×4 inches
55 pieces 2×2 inches
480 pieces 2×1 inches
METAL SHEET: 100 pieces (3×8 feets)