Places of Protection, fields of freedom

2 (6-days) workshops in tandem 

Boulouki team is pleased to announce the upcoming educational program



places of protection, fields of freedom


Which will be held in the mountainous region of Tzoumerka between the 1st-6th of May 2019.


The program consists of two 6-day long workshops, which will take place simultaneously, at the Mountain Refuge of Melissourgoi and the Mountain Refuge of Pramanta, each one focusing on different materials and building techniques

Mountain Refuge of Melissourgoi

Mountain Refuge of Pramanta

By virtue of both their proximity and distance from the fragile environment of the traditional settlements, the shelters’ space seems to be urging one’s building imagination towards creative adaptations of the tradition. On the one hand, the adjacency to the settlements -which stand as repositories of a long building experience- allows us to reflect on the significance of architectural types, as formal structures and as carriers of multiple layers of knowledge and meaning. On the other hand, the distance from those great ‘teachers’, invites us to ‘play’ and imagine the ways through which the traditional techniques, the natural materials and the unmediated relation to the actual work, could be identified today and express our current complex and contradictory needs and desires.


In this manner ‘Shelters’ are introduced as places of protection as well as grounds of a certain freedom. During our stay, we will attempt to trace contemporary interpretations of tradition’s teachings, by engaging with two experimental constructions. Within this framework, those willing to participate are asked to choose between two topics, concerning the practical part of the workshops:


Α) STONE – CLAY : Rearranging the traditional wood-fired oven

Drawing from the traditional typology, and also from contemporary adaptations, the new wood-fired oven of the Melissourgoi Shelter will be constructed with local stone, as well as, fired clay bricks and mud plasters for the dome. The local stone mason Pavlos Vihas and the earth construction specialist, Christos Kiriakogonas (member of Natural Building Collaborative), will be instructors during the building process.


Β) WOOD: Introducing a treehouse in Tzoumerka

The treehouse, which the family running the Shelter of Pramanta is longing for, will be constructed entirely out of wooden parts using traditional joints. The building process will be led by Tryfonas Papaioannou, a local carpenter from the village of Kypseli and the architect – carpenter Giorgos Karvelas.

In parallel to the practical part of the workshop, the program will be supported by a series of lectures of technical and theoretical content by cknowledged academics and professionals, including Akis Agathopoulos (professor, Univ. of Ioannina Dept. of Materials Science and Engineering), Maria Arakadaki (associate professor, AUTH Department of Architecture) and Stavros Apotsos(PhD candidate, AUTH Department of Architecture) Giorgos Karvelas (architect-carpenter,Former adjunct lecturer at the Univ. of Patras and the Tech. Institute of Athens), Tzortzis Makrionitis (Chemist, researcher), Giorgos Mantanis (professor, Univ. of Thessaly Dept. of Wood & Furniture Design and Technology) and Eleftheria Tsakanika (assistant professor, NTUA School of Architecture). The lectures will be held at the Pramanta Conference Centre and at the former elementary school of Melissourgoi village (Taverna tou Pappa). They will be attended by participants of both workshops and will be open to the public.


Additionally, there will be talks and presentations by collectives involved in projects around construction and the commons, such as p2p lab, Habibi Works, Natural Construction Collaborative, and people from the local community with important artistic work, like Giorgos Polyzos from the village of Tsopela.

Craftsmanship commemorative photo stating:
"Zοupandi Church / We are on the / scaffolding at ten meters height / we make the domes in the sum / mer I was working there. Andreas"
Source: pyrsogianni.gr

The ‘Shelters’ workshops are addressed to professionals from the construction field and researchers from fields relevant to the production of space, who are willing to deepen their knowledge concerning wooden structures, building with stone and earth· as well as to everyone with keen interest in approaching the cultural heritage from the aspect of everyday practices and traditional techniques.


The maximum number of participants is 14 for each workshop.

Certificates of participation will be given, by the end of the workshop.


Participation fees

Taking into account that ‘Shelters’ is self-funded, the fee is fixed at 350€, including:

  • Participation in the workshop

  • Accommodation in the refuges for 7 nights

  • Breakfast and one full meal for all days.


The participants are responsible for travel and other personal expenses.


How to Apply

Apply by filling the following form and send it via email to info@boulouki.org by March 10th 2019 (In order to fill the form you will need Foxit or Acrobat Reader).

Important Dates

10 March 2019                 Deadline for applications

17 March 2019                 Selection of participants and confirmation of attendance

1-6 May 2019                   Workshop Duration

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