"There are a lot of resources given by nature for free -- all we need is our sensitivity to see them and our creativity to use them," says architect Anna Heringer. Heringer uses low-tech materials like mud and bamboo to create structures from China to Switzerland, Bangladesh and beyond. Visit an awe-inspiring school, an elegant office and cozy social spaces -- all built from natural materials -- in this delightful talk.
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MudWorks, a design-build installation produced by the Harvard GSD Loeb Fellows Class of 2012 under the direction of Loeb Fellow Anna Heringer and Austrian earth artist, Martin Rauch.
Film by: Maggie Janik
Loeb Fellows, Andres Lepik and Anna Heringer, and Austrian Artist Martin Rauch will present and discuss rammed earth projects from around the world, and their implications for future practice.
Sponsored by the Loeb Fellowship as part of the MudWorks project, a collaborative design-build installation under the direction of Loeb Fellow, Anna Heringer and Austrian artistst Martin Rauch
The Aga Khan Public Lecture. (Presented by the Aga Khan Program for Islamic Architecture at Harvard University.)
Anna Heringer, born 1977, spent one year in Bangladesh learning about development, and since then, has been involved in development work. She studied architecture at the University of Arts Linz/ Prof. Roland Gnaiger, where she graduated in 2004 with her diploma: "School-handmade in Bangladesh." She realized the "Handmade-school" in partnership with Eike Roswag and together with a team of craftsmen from Bangladesh and Europe in 2005/06. She continued her work in Bangladesh by implementing her ideas of sustainable architecture in rural housing projects. An important focus of her work is the training of young architects in various lectures and hands-on workshops. In 2008 she taught at the Stuttgart University and since 2008 she has lead the studio "BASEhabitat - architecture in developing countries" at the University of Art in Linz where she is a visiting professor. In 2010 she received the nomination as Honorary Professor of the UNESCO Chair "Earthen Architecture".
Anna Heringer has won several international awards, among them the Aga Khan Award for Architecture, the AR Emerging Architecture Award (2006 and 2008), the Archiprix-Douglas Award for the world's best graduation projects.
“The vision behind, and motivation for my work is to explore and use architecture as a medium to strengthen cultural and individual confidence, to support local economies and to foster the ecological balance. Joyful living is a creative and active process and I am deeply interested in the sustainable development of our society and our built environment. For me, sustainability is a synonym for beauty: a building that is harmonious in its design, structure, technique and use of materials, as well as with the location, the environment, the user, the socio-cultural context. This, for me, is what defines its sustainable and aesthetic value.”
For Anna Heringer, architecture is a tool to improve lives. As an architect and honorary professor of the UNESCO Chair of Earthen Architecture, Building Cultures, and Sustainable Development she is focusing on the use of natural building materials. Her diploma work, the METI School in Rudrapur got realized in 2005 and won the Aga Khan Award for Architecture in 2007. Over the years, Anna has realized further projects in Asia, Africa, and Europe. Together with Martin Rauch she has developed the method of Clay Storming that she teaches at various universities, including ETH Zurich, UP Madrid, TU Munich. She received numerous honors: the Global Award for Sustainable Architecture, the AR Emerging Architecture Awards in 2006 and 2008, the Loeb Fellowship at Harvard’s GSD and a RIBA International Fellowship. Her work was widely published and exhibited in the MoMA New York, the V&A Museum in London and at the Venice Biennale among other places. In 2013 with Andres Lepik and Hubert Klumpner she initiated the Laufenmanifesto where practitioners and academics from around the world contributed to define guidelines for a humane design culture. She is currently appointed as Aga Khan Design Critic in Architecture at the GSD.
This event is supported by the Aga Khan Program at the GSD.