Peter Schubert [RIBA] is giving a talk at the Big Straw Bale Gathering

Next up we have Peter Schubert who will be joining us from Vienna.

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Name: Peter Schubert

Company: Capital [ A ] architects, Vienna

Talk Title: Straw and other regrowing building materials for multi storey
housing constructions.

Talk description: Structural possibilities, thermal insulation potential & fire
safety of different construction methods using timber, straw, clay – & lime
plaster, hemp, wood-fibre and cellulose.

Speakers Bio:

Growing up in the region of Northern Hessen / Germany was an essential formative impression to my further professional
In the nineteen-70s and -80s the beauty and value of the characteristic regional building stock of studwork houses alongside the
German Fairy Tale Route were rediscovered. Historic timber frame constructions with straw-clay infill were restored and the building technics of wood, straw and clay were further researched and developed at the recently founded and growing local Comprehensive University of Kassel.
Simultaneously the international avant-garde art fair “Documenta” emerged and gave me inspiration to experiment and encouraged my search for own ground-braking “do-gooder” projects.


After my academic training of architecture at the Technical Universities of Braunschweig, Vienna and also the Architectural Association School of Architecture in London, my first professional engagement was in real estate development, realising own small scale projects implementing newly available sustainable building materials and emission free energy supply in an urban
context in Vienna.


Later my architectural practice “capital [ A ] architects” was founded with its professional focus on sustainable residential urban
architecture and was lately enhanced by the organisation of “field8 organic house development”.
“Field8” understands itself as an assembly of various professionals from diverse occupational fields aiming to combine sustainable architectural design with sustainable social community design.
Our ambition is to commonly realise “low impact – high efficiency” urban co-housing projects in the near future as an alternative offer for the standardised real estate market.


Currently I am engaged in developing innovative building technics applying naturally chemistry-free, re-growing buildingmaterials such as timber, straw and clay the greatest extend for prefabricated, economic multi storey residential projects in the city of Vienna with its specific building codes and fire safety regulations.

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1 x Adult ticket for The Big Straw Bale Gathering 2018

Down To Earth - Swansea, SA3 1ED, UK
10th, 11th & 12th August 2018

Included in Ticket Price
  • Conference talks from leading professionals
  • Practical workshops
  • Kids entertainment
  • Welcome evening event with drinks available (Friday 10th from 7pm)

Optional - Choose to include 3 locally sourced organic meals (Saturday Lunch, Saturday Eve, Sunday Lunch)

Not included

  • Camping / Accommodation
  • Breakfast
  • Extra family excursions provided by Down To Earth (coastering, hikes etc)

* Site open 6pm Friday 10th - 5pm Sunday 12th. Camping is available locally for £15-20 per night - A lovely new accommodation block should be finished in time for the BSBG but can't take bookings until it's complete, so stay tuned. Site postcode is SA3 1ED. Down to Earth is offering excursions at an extra price, full details and booking available closer to the event (approx price = £35 half day / £55 full day)

Theme: Sowing the inspiration, Growing the industry & Harvesting the knowledge

SBUK are proud to present the inaugural ‘Big Straw Bale Gathering’ - a gathering to discuss and learn straw bale construction and share the latest and best thinking within the industry.

Held at Down To Earth’s beautiful strawbale roundhouse in South Wales, . The weekend will feature talks, discussions and hands on workshops, for all levels, led by the UK’s best natural builders and leading associated professionals. So come down and get excited about building with straw, learn some new techniques or get stuck into the geeky technical stuff.

When you are full of knowledge you can relax with great local organic food, music, dancing, yoga, ‘Strawbale Ale’, children’s activities and a host of extra curricular events ranging from walks to canyoneering on the beautiful Gower peninsula!

The Big Straw Bale Gathering will collect up everyone with an interest in straw bale building in the UK. No matter what level you are engaging with straw bale construction, there will be lots to learn at the BSBG.

Jeffrey Hart - Events Director - SBUK

StrawBale Building UK - SBUK - is a Community Benefit Society, formed in 2016 with the aim: To promote straw bale building and best practice within the sector.

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