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AUTUMN SCHOOL | Οn traditional and sustainable construction

completed project


location: Frasta, Tzoumerka, Epirus, Greece

date: 17/10/2023 - 28/10/2023

support and aegis:  Ministry of Culture and Sports, J.M. Kaplan fund 

photographs: Iason Anthanasiadis

The workshop focuses on dry-stone construction, while exploring the connection between traditional building techniques and modern issues on sustainable constructions and the reduction of their environmental footprint, through the restoration and renovation project of the School in Frasta, Tzoumerka, a new research and education infrastructure developed by Boulouki in Epirus.

The educational program includes:

  • 4 Hands-on seminars and 1:1 scale experimentation in sustainable building techniques using stone, timber, mortar and natural raw materials from the region.

  • 5 days of practical training in dry stone construction (masonry and cobblestone) on a construction project. 

  • 10 lectures and presentations by distinguished researchers on technical issues, cultural heritage and modern approaches.

  • Α οne-day excursion to sites of architectural, cultural and environmental interest in the Tzoumerka region.

  • 1 guided tour, based on participatory geo-environmental and cultural mapping on Frasta-Plaka-Monolithi in the Tzoumerka region.

  • ‘Mintati’ participatory trail cleaning with the local community.

  • Talks around ethnographic case studies from the Mediterranean and the Balkans, in collaboration with the French School of Athens.

The workshop will also involve groups from abroad, specifically Dragodid from Croatia, Associazione Canova from Italy, who will present their work on dry-stone building, and one stone builder-bursar of the YCCC from England

Important information and dates

The workshop is addressed to students and professionals from the fields of architecture, archaeology, ethnography, visual arts and in general to researchers, professionals and non-specialists involved in traditional building techniques. There are 15 places available.

Application deadline: 16 July 2023
Notification of acceptance: by 21 July 2023
Workshop dates: 17 - 28 October 2023
Location: Frasta and Plaka in Tzoumerka, Epirus, Greece
Participation costs: 

500 EUR for accommodation in a twin-bedded or triple hotel room with breakfast included

50 EUR for permanent residents of the Municipalities of Central and Northern Tzoumerka (accommodation not included) 


The costs include participation in the workshop, accommodation in a twin-bedded or triple hotel room (breakfast included) for 13 nights in Tzoumerka (arrival on Monday 16.10.2023 and departure on Sunday 29.10.2023), a snack per day provided during the fieldwork, the provision of tools and educational material, liability insurance during the fieldwork and transport within the programme. Travel expenses to and from Tzoumerka and all other personal expenses are covered solely by the participants.

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