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28th September, Irish National Heritage Park, Ireland.

This years theme: The Secret Life of Earth                                           

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Whether it's the thousands of clay buildings quietly waiting to be discovered, the skills to mend or build them, the social movements starting to explore this 'outsider' material or the very nature of the clay minerals we have yet to discover, there is much secret and unknown about clay and the buildings it makes...



The Secret Life of Earth

This will be EBUKI’s 10th annual conference. The theme this year is the ‘Secret Life of Earth’. Up for debate could be topics such as our hidden earth-built heritage and how to increase its visibility, innovations pioneered by under-the-radar builders, will contemporary earth building remain in the margins, the role of water in earth at a microscopic level and much, much more. More information on our homegrown and international speakers and their presentations will follow.

Price: €115

Fri. 28th September





Ireland's Forgotten Vernacular.

Dr. Barry O’Reilly.



National Inventory of Architectural Heritage - Department of Culture, Heritage and Gaeltacht

Dr Barry O’Reilly has worked in the field of vernacular architecture over the past thirty years. His recent doctoral research at Oxford Brookes University focused on vernacular (traditional) settlements in Ireland. He is currently editor for Europe and Eurasia for the revised edition of the Encyclopaedia of Vernacular Architecture of the World. Otherwise he works for the National Inventory of Architectural Heritage.



Mayglass Farmstead - An Interconnection of People and Place.

Pat Ruane.



Architectural Conservation Officer - Cork City Council

Pat Ruane was the architect who oversaw the Heritage Council’s most important vernacular project to date, the conservation of a mudwall farmhouse in Mayglass, Co. Wexford. As he worked on the project, it became clear to him that these types of buildings are not just about materials and structure, they are bound up with a way of life. In his presentation, Pat will talk about his experience.



Ireland's Invisible Earth Mortars.

Catherine McLoughlin.



Archaeologist – Stafford McLoughlin

Catherine McLoughlin is an archaeologist with a post-graduate diploma in Applied Building Repair & Conservation and is based in Co. Wexford. In recent years, she has become increasingly interested in the conservation of upstanding historic buildings and has worked on conservation projects relating to medieval churches and castles, stone farm buildings and mud-walled cottages, as well as the conservation of historic spaces such as graveyards. Last year, the Building Limes Forum published an article by Catherine on historic earth mortars.



Building a Contemporary Cob Home in Ireland

Louise McPhillips and Iain Thom.




Cob Self-Builders

Louise and Iain are in the throes of building their cob house in Co. Monaghan. They will share their experiences, both the joys and the challenges, of building a contemporary mud house in Ireland 2018.


Earth Building in Arizona, New Mexico and Beyond.

Bill and Athena Steen.




The Canelo Project, Arizona

Athena and Bill Steen founded The Canelo Project in Arizona in 1989. Much of their work is influenced by their roots and connections with the southwestern United States. Athena comes from a background of New Mexican, Native American potters, sculptors and educators, Bill from southern Arizona and northern Sonora, Mexico.
The Canelo Project centres on the theme – Connecting People, Culture and Nature. It is a centre for learning, research, demonstration and cross-cultural gatherings. Their activities revolve around workshops, tours, intern programs and writing. The focal point of their work is handcrafting simple, small-scale and comfortable shelter, built primarily with local and natural materials. In that pursuit, they have developped a unique straw bale and clay wall system, finished with beautiful clay and lime plasters, sculptural wall carvings, earthen floors and clay ovens.
They have co-authored several books that include – The Straw Bale House, Small Strawbale, Built by Hand, The Beauty of Straw Bale Houses, The Handcrafted Life of Don Juan Morales, Children of Clay, The Canelo Project 2009 and Earthen Floors.


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