Thursday, March 5, 2009

5th Annual Adobe USA Conference May 14 & 15, Provides an international education in earth building at an affordable price.

The Adobe Association of the Southwest presents Adobe USA 2009, May 14 & 15 on the campus of Northern New Mexico College in El Rito, NM, just west of Alburquerque on IH40.

Speakers at the conference include Carole Crews, one of the leading practitioners of artistic mud plastering, John J. Morony of Southwest Texas Junior College speaking on the topic of Mexican Green Roofs which was his subject at a recent San Antonio Sustainable Living meeting and Simone Swan speaking on "Hassan Fathy Father of Sustainable Architecture".

Architects, designers and builders from Nigeria, Italy, Bangladesh, France, Mexico, Ghana, the United Kingdom, Yemen, Brazil, Germany, Iran, and Portugal will be presenting at the conference.

Registration for Friday May 14 and Saturday May 15 is just $100. But pre-conference workshop courses begin May 11. These courses are offered by the Adobe Construction Department at Northern New Mexico College. Courses include: “Adobe Construction Basics”, “Arches Domes and Vaults” and “Rammed Earth Construction” taught by Eduardo Carvalho, an architect and rammed earth specialist from Portugal.

Each workshop is a two credit course. Cost per out of state credit is $87.50. Costs for New Mexico residents is $37.50. (Some additional administrative fees may apply.)

NNMC recommends completing the application for admissions and course registration process entirely online! Please visit the NNMC admissions page for more information and to begin the online registration process.

On Sunday, a local Adobe bus tour will take visitors to Taos Pueblo and the Adobe Factory. The cost for the tour has yet to be determined.

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