adobeisnotsoftware is pleased to host Kurt Gardella for the first in a series of classes on adobe construction within California. Kurt developed much of the online curriculum for Northern New Mexico College's adobe program, and has great expertise in both adobe construction and earthen plasters and finishes.
Intended as an introduction to adobe construction for individuals and building professionals, the course will give attendees sufficient knowledge to make adobe bricks, build a garden wall, and understand typical building code and detailing challenges that confront adobe bulding projects in California.
- Advantages and Disadvantages of Adobe Construction
- Soil Selection and Testing
- Making Adobe Bricks
- Water Resistance and Stabilization
- Adobe Forms
- Brick Laying Techniques
- Doors, Windows and Other Openings
- Seismic Design
- Adobe for the Owner/Builder
This is a hands-on class. Attendees will have the opportunity to get dirty and use tools and equipment typical of adobe construction. Due to the course format, enrollment will be limited to 14 individuals. Children under the age of 14 unfortunately cannot be accomodated. In the unlikely event of inclement weather, instruction will occur indoors.
Kurt Gardella teaches adobe construction at Northern New Mexico College, is Director of Education for Adobe in Action, and is certified as an earth-building specialist by the German Dachverband Lehm.
Ben Loescher is a licensed architect, founder of adobeisnotsoftware and principal of golem|la.
The class will be conducted approximately 12 miles outside of Joshua Tree, California, approximately 40 miles from Palm Springs. Joshua Tree and the surrounding area have a wealth of great hiking, climbing, lodging and food options. Directions to the workshop site will be provided to attendees prior to the class.
The cost for the two day workshop is $250/person. Coffee and nibbles will be provided at the beginning of the day; lunch is included. A discounted rate of $150/person is available for current students with valid ID.k
Please do not hesitate to email Ben: firstname.lastname@example.org