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Summer 2016



@ Abetenim Art Vilage [Ghana]


in collaboration with 

Why Eco-effectiveness?
 Eco-effective architecture presents an alternative design and construction concept to the strategies of zero emission, sustainability and eco-efficiency. Where these seek to reduce the unintended negative consequences of processes of production and consumption, eco-effectiveness is a positive agenda for the conception and production of architecture that incorporate social, economic, and environmental benefit, enabling triple top line growth

June-July 2016.

The workshop will run for about 8 weeks.
Join at any time and participate for a minimum of two weeks.

Abetenim Art Village - Ejisu-Juaben District [GHANA]

Abetenim is a rural village surrounded by astonishing landscapes and gorgeous wildlife located 40 Km North-East from Kumasi, once the capital of the rich and powerful Ashanti kingdom, Ghana's second city is still dripping with Ashanti traditions. This region is a nature lover’s delight. It has sunny equatorial climate and fertile well-watered soils sustain and enchanting selection of wild life ranging from elephants to monkeys and marine turtles to crocodiles. More of the 5% of the country’s surface area has been accorded official protection across 16 national parks of which the most popular is the vast Mole National Park.
Participants will have short breaks from the construction works to visit the Boabeng-Fiema Monkey Sanctuary or a cool off all day at the Kintampo waterfalls at Sunyani. Along the way you will be further exposed to architecture in other parts of the country. Over the weekend, participant can explore the nearby cultural sites such as Bomwire Kente Village, Bobiri Forest Reserve, or the cultural centres of the historic city of Kumasi that bring cultural tourism to the region. Or, can spend the rest of the free time collaborating with indigenous musicians, weavers, storytellers, or teach some of the life skills you have to the local school children. After the workshop, it is your time to relax and be a tourist. You may take your time to visit other places you really would like to see of which the region is known, whether for your academic interests or sightseeing like vacationers.

International students [1 of 4]

We are inviting all student or graduates in architecture, engineering, design or anyone passionate with sustainable architecture, ecology and development, advocates of sustainable practice, adventurers  and volunteers to participate in this life-changing experience.. Students can use the workshop opportunity to fulfil the academic requirements for their stage/internship, thesis, or volunteer just for learning-by-doing. To apply please contact ekuazion@gmail.com.

Local community [2 of 4]

People from the community will be involved with the prototyping during all the stages and will be a key part of the workshop design & build team as this prototype is for them, for the community to enjoy. One of the goals of this workshop is to increase the interexchange of knowledge and to activate a multipolar empowering flow between all stakeholders which is essential for a successful and effective design for development. Working together with the community enriches the whole process while creates the means to self-awareness, heightens cross-cultural communication skills and boosts cross-cultural understanding. 

NKA Foundation [3 of 4]

Nka Foundation is a non-profit organization that exists to serve underserved communities in Africa focusing on human capital development through the use of the arts 
At Abetenim, they are building an arts village designed as a learning hub to provide stable places for creative people from the region and other countries to live, work, learn and create.
Nka Foundation invites emerging and established artists (individuals or groups) to apply for residencies within the frame of Artist in Residence The rural arts village provides the participants with time and space away from the everyday stresses of city life to focus and investigate own practice, creating the possibility for discovery, collaborations and growth. The arts village has an open-air theatre, workspaces and guest houses for accommodation. 
Throughout the year, Nka Foundation organizes international projects such as earth architecture workshops, international artist workshops, and artist-in-residence at the site.

EKuazioN [4 of 4]  (Workshop leader)

EKuazioN is the name of my professional practice on design & management of eco-efficient architectural solutions for development.
My name is Karla Paz Sans and in collaboration with NKA Foundation I am the workshop organizer and will be its leader on site. As well I will be the project manager on site for the construction of the new Secondary School in Abetenim. This means you can join me on this other project during your free time and make the most of your experience by learning from and collaborating with other local ongoing projects while staying in the village.

Please feel free to contact me through my email if you have any questions related with the workshop or the Secondary School project [I will be able to understand & answer your emails if they are in English, Spanish, Portuguese or Galician]

Karla Paz Sans
Project Manager & Technical Architect-Building Engineer
Sustainable Architecture PhD
International Cooperation for Development PhD


By a LEARN, DESIGN & BUILD process


Based on an eco-effective architecture approach, we will be prototyping a house to be used for international and local artists as a space to live and to create while visiting Abetenim Art Village. The goal is to develop an engineered solution which is the most effective in its context, has a positive incidence in both the environment and the community and whom technology and knowledge are replicable locally.


A three steps method is proposed. First the team will enjoy a deep engagement with the community through respectful observation and cooperative processes. A second stage for the analysis of the local needs, initiatives, traditions, landscape, resources and climatology. And a third stage of theory lessons about eco-effective architecture


Although the design is based on a collaborative approach where the decisions are taken by the team, there are some strategies that are predefined by the workshop motto for the architectural prototype process like: Clean water, air, soil and power, up-cycling of materials ["cycle of life" thinking], zero waste, local empowering, bioclimatic design and low cost.


This is a hands-on full-on site-specific workshop experience and It promises high-impact learning practice gaining global experience for both personal development and professional growth. Most evenings will be used for reviewing construction progress along with informal discussions and presentations by the workshop leader, local community and international participants.


Workshop cost & project contribution [€400/$540]

Cultural orientation
Theory lessons
Hands-on lessons
Onsite staff available 24/7.

Accommodation: It will be of guest house at the village [€60/$80 per week].

Food: It is by cooperative kitchen, shared planning, cost and shopping [about €60/$80 per week]

-Not included:

Airfares, Visa and Insurance

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