TOPIC: Natural Building: Drawing on the Vernacular in a contemporary practice
SPEAKER: Andy Horn
DATE: Tuesday, 18 June 2013
VENUE: The Athenaeum, Boundary Terraces, Newlands
(at the intersection of Mariendahl & Campground Roads)
“Natural building” is an umbrella term for the varied building techniques and styles that are used to create ecological buildings.
As an approach, natural building values working with local environments and materials.
In his search for an appropriate response to local context, Andy Horn studied vernacular building methods and materials and their social and environmental context.
Thus a two-way learning process began: Learning about how to use the old materials required engaging with people who still knew how to use them and engaging with people affirmed the value of their knowledge. In essence, this process is a way of continuing traditions, sharing skills and keeping vernacular building as a skill set and approach alive.
In this talk, Andy Horn reflects on what he has learned along this journey, drawing on examples from particular projects as he does so.
Andy Horn is a practising architect who has been involved in a range of projects using natural building methods.
His projects include the Mamre Heritage Revitalisation Project for the City of Cape Town, rebuilding a langhuis on the Verlorenvlei and a multi purpose music and art room for a school in Shayamoya, Kokstad.