A hands-on design & build project to create new local economies and ways-of-living, drawing from existing skills, capacity and resources. We work closely with and learn from local people, acquiring traditional Japanese building techniques and learning how they can be interpreted into contemporary contexts elsewhere.
We will be using locally resourced materials to build, and be eating fresh, locally-produced food.
This will be a unique, immersive experience of traditional village living and a chance to contribute to a sustainable future in a welcoming, hospitable community.
Led by architect & lecturer Takashi Hayatsu, with artists & designers Motoko Fujita, Tanad Williams and Andreas von Knobloch.
Construct a bee garden and a Slovenian-style bee house using Japanese traditional mud wall construction techniques; harvesting locally-sourced materials and recycling resources available from the village.
Researching available materials
Testing material properties by making prototypes
Learning techniques from local experts via lectures & practical workshops
Visiting example buildings to learn the construction at first hand
Harvesting materials and preparing for production
Building a timber frame structure
Completing the building using the techniques learnt from the research and prototype testing
Handing over the building to the villagers
Documenting the process with photographs, films, sketches and drawings
The attendance fee is £750 for 8 nights including simple accommodation, local transport and all meals.
All meals are cooked and prepared by the village and project organisers, the menu is largely from village produce and principally vegetarian. Help with table-laying and clearing is appreciated.
The work day starts at 9am and ends at 6pm with a trip to the onsen (hot spring baths) at 6.30pm. Dinner is at 20.00.
Accommodation is in 2 communal dormitories in the former village school - one male, one female. Beds are futons and duvets. Washroom facilities are rudimentary (school style). A nightly excursion to the local onsen is advised.