Natural Building can be defined as using locally sourced and minimally processed natural materials to build durable, attractive, and affordable buildings. The building materials commonly used are from timber, straw, earth, clay, and lime.
In Spring of 2015, first-year architecture students from Unitec designed a bus shelter/stop for the Methven ski and snow-boarders on a conceptual site along Racecourse Road as part of a national design competition in natural building.
Most of the students did not know of Methven until this SHAC design competition. Through their research they have come to appreciate the Canterbury region, and are both keen and excited to visit next year when the International Straw Building
Conference (ISBC) will occur from 3-9 March 2016 at the
Methven Heritage Centre & Mt Hutt Memorial Hall.
Six designs, which have been shortlisted by the judges, are currently on display at the Mt Hutt Memorial Hall for viewing. We need community help and input this week! Please vote on your favourite entry by midnight on the 24th of November. Each entry has a number on it that looks like “2015-10”. Please text the number of the design you like the best to 021 705 346, along with any comments you want to make. You can also see and comment on designs online at www.strawbuildconference.co.nz.
The ISBC is bringing together approximately 200 natural building professionals and enthusiasts from all over the world to discuss the art and science of Natural Building in the 21st Century. This 5-day conference is hosted by the Earth Building Association of New Zealand in conjunction with Ausbale & BOINZ. As part of the conference, there will be an open afternoon for the local community to learn more about natural building. More details will follow.
Conference development can be followed on the Facebook page ISBC2016.
Registrations are now open on the website www.strawbuildconference.co.nz