Balkan Earth Conference 2019

BALKAN EARTH conference is the first conference in this field, started as an initiative from Serbia, Bulgaria and Greece to bring together 12 neighborly countries to talk about our common earthen heritage, problems we are all facing in each country and potentials this heritage has in the terms of sustainable development of whole region. Experts from other parts of Europe and world are invited to talk about their experiences and challenges, vocational trainings they’re organizing, role of the women in this field etc. The conference would have two accompanying expositions: Earth architecture today (modern) and Balkan earth architecture (traditional) and a field trip. BE conference is meant for the representatives of 12 countries (around 30 people), but also for the heritage preservation institutions and their employees from Serbia and region, self-constructors, masons, craftspeople, students of architecture, conservation, civil engineering and sustainable development, etc. Official language of the conference is English.

Balkan Earth Conference
23 th - 25th August 2019
Titel, Serbia

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Conference Program

Earth architecture in the world

Dragana Kojičič (Serbia):
Introduction to earth architecture

Hanno Burtscher (Austria):
Rammed earth

Léo Boulicot (France):
Amaco experience

Filipe Jorge (Portugal):
Past 14 years of experience

Superstar :)

Gernot Minke (Germany):
40 years of experience



Women in earth architecture

Elena Carillo Palacios (Spain):
Women in architecture

Zuzana Kierulfová(Slovakia):
ECVET building with earth

Lydie Didier (France):
EU earth projects

Daphne Yalom (Israel):
Earth based artist

Pannonian and troglodyte houses around Titel
Earthen churches in Botoš and Ečka
Lunch and visit of Belo Blato
Round table for representatives of 12 countries

not for the participants


Dragana Kojičić

Dragana Kojičić


Architect with specialization in earth architecture, she has been working on promoting earth architecture in the region for 10 years, through theory and practice. She is very interested in the role of women in construction. From 2018, she as a PhD student at the Department of Scene Design, wishing to return the earth to the “scene”. Author of

She will present basics about earthen architecture.

Sigi Koko

Hanno Burtscher


Building with earth, and ultimately sharing with the future occupants of earth structures, the experiences and innate benefits which earth brings, drives all of Hanno’s work. He met Martin Rauch and the rammed earth construction technique in 1998 for the first time. He’s been actively engaged in an art, discipline, and profession of rammed earth ever since.
From 1998 to the present day, many of Hanno’ larger scale work experience and global projects came working as a project leader for LehmTonErde, Martin Rauchs' company. Additionally, for over eight years now, Hanno has also been working as an entrepreneur, working independently on his own projects, spread around the world.

He will talk about traditional and modern rammed earth construction.

Léo Boulicot-Amàco

Léo Boulicot-Amàco


Léo Boulicot is a research and development engineer at Amaco Center.

He is tasked with setting up experiments for natural building materials for educational and interrogative purposes for high school students and professionals in the construction sector.

He will present major activities at Amaco and his work within it.

Zuzana Kierulfová

Zuzana Kierulfová


Architect and craftsman, specialized in the architecture of natural materials and low energy standards and passive construction standards.

She is the director of Createrra, as well as the founder of the iEPD. She participated in numerous foreign seminars and workshops for building with earth, straw and furnace production.

She will talk about ECVET building with earth.

Gernot Minke

Gernot Minke


Star of our conference, 81-year-old architect, professor, with 40 years of experience in experimental construction (earthquake resistant earthquakes, bamboo constructions, straw bales, green roofs, vertical gardens, self-supporting arches and bales of baled straw.)

He is the author of many books, publications, a participant in a number of conferences, an international expert.

He will present his work and research with earth, straw and earthquake resistant constructions.

Lydie Didier

Lydie Didier


She graduated as doctor of ecology, specialized in earth construction, volunteers for AsTerre, currently works for Fédération Ecoconstruire. As a driving force in the European network, she leads EU funded projects developing training as well as ECVET based certification Learn Earth for building with earth that have been applied in more than 10 European countries since 2009. Her passion is people and cooperation, as much as clay and nature.

She will talk about her experience in many European projects she’s been involved in during past 15 years, with a focus on human aspects more than on technical.

Filipe Jorge

Filipe Jorge


Filipe Jorge, architect, photographer and publisher. He founded and manages ARGUMENTUM since 1993, a publisher house dedicated to themes of Traditional Architecture, Urbanism, Heritage and Aerial Photography, where he coordinated the production of more than 100 editions of books, guides and scripts.

He will talk about past 14 years, his dedication to editorial production, especially the implementation of thematic collections on Earth and international projects under development in Europe, Africa and Latin America.

Elena Palacios

Elena Palacios


Activist, architect and feminist, her professional career has always been oriented towards the most disadvantaged populations to promote a socially just architecture that allows the large number, and especially women, to participate actively in transformations of their habitat. Graduated from the University of Valencia (Spain) in 2012 and specializes in earth construction at CRAterre - ENSAG, with participatory action research "Contributions of women to earthen constructive cultures. Prospects for equal inclusion in the social production of housing. "

She will talk about role of the women in earth construction.

Daphna Yalon

Daphna Yalon


Daphna Yalon, Earth-based Artist, adopted this name during her study and stay in Australia 2004-2007 when she researched the interconnected relationships between ‘House as Home’ and ‘Land as Home’. Since then she has been creating, researching and teaching Earth as matter and as the essence of life. Engaging community in processes is an integral part of her practice which focuses on action in the public sphere.

Founder and coordinator of “Adamahi” Center for earth building, sculpting and design ,established in Jerusalem 2016.

She will present her work.

Location & useful information

An hour from Belgrade and 40 minutes from Novi Sad, Titel is a city settlement in the region known as Šajkaš. There are regular buses from Novi Sad and even a train from Novi Sad.

Titel is located at the mouth of Begej in Tisa, not far from the place where Tisa flows into the Danube, on the southern slopes of the Titel Plateau. Titel is an old settlement, as evidenced by numerous archaeological sites, as well as numerous troglodyte houses. In addition, there are also many valuable architectural monuments of modern times.

Accommodation: check hotel Tisa and camping place
Lectures: old cinema Titel
Exposition: Nature Protection Institute "Titelski Breg" and National Library "Stojan Trumić"

Official language of the conference in English.


Special offer: buy 4, get 5 tickets!


23th - 25th August 2019

Include :
2 days conference
field trip

Duration : 3 Days

90 € or

8.000 rsd *

* for purchase in Serbia
students have 10% discount
buy 4, get 5 tickets!



23th - 24th August 2019

Include :
1 day conference

Duration : 1 Day

30 € or

3.000 rsd

* for purchase in Serbia
students have 10% discount
buy 4, get 5 tickets!



23th - 30th August 2019

Include :
2 days conference
field trip
5 days festival

Duration : 8 Days

240 € or

24.000 rsd *

* for purchase in Serbia
students have 10% discount
buy 4, get 5 tickets!
only 1 tickets left!

Tickets for Green Roof Workshop are sold out!

Conference doesn’t cover accommodation and meals, you can stay in hotel Tisa or at the camping site.

Prices for the festival and green roof include vegetarian food (3 meals) and sleeping in (your own) tent. There is a possibility to organize sleeping in local accommodation (additional 5 euros/night).

Due to fact that we are not in EU, charges for the bank transfers are too high, that’s why there is the difference in price – we encourage you to buy it from Serbia!

If you are interested in participating to our events, please register first. After registration, you will receive a confirmation email with all the necessary information for payment (you have 5 working days to do so).

Looking forward to meeting you in August!

Balkan (and beyond) partners

Klub finih zanata


Established in 2010, is working on promotion and raising awareness of local and traditional earthen building techniques and importance of protection of building crafts and their improvements, both through theory (public lectures, presentations and articles) and practice (workshops, trainings, summer schools) in cooperation with many institutions and organizations. One of the main focuses is training women in construction.



Established in 2002, have a lot of experience on creation of program for school education in sustainable development with National Education and Teacher Training Agency, and experience in their non-formal education center for adult students, builders and architects.

Moving association


is organizing cultural and educational events such as concerts, exhibitions, documentary movie screenings, workshops and lectures. They cover different fields and subjects from music and video art, travel to sustainable development and natural building. As a part of one of their project they are renovating old rammed earth house in east of Croatia.


North Macedonia

recently founded, the Academy for Natural Construction and Art in the Home, is located in Skopje and gathers interested in building land and natural materials.



South East European Heritage is a network of nongovernmental organizations established in 2006. The mission of the SEE Heritage network is to work toward protecting and promoting our common cultural heritage with the aim of encouraging the sustainable development of the region.

Centre for Sustainability & Integrative Design


Is founded at the Faculty of Architecture, Civil engineering and Geodesy at University of Banja Luka in 2018 as one of the main goals of Erasmus + project “Creating a Knowledge Lab Network for Sustainable and Resistive Environment” and it aims to develop complementary and coordinated cooperation within a regional network.



Established in 2014, is a NGO that organizes workshops of natural building on various topics, as a process of using locally available materials that have low environmental impact, and that are healthy for people and communities.



Sárkollektíva is engaged in the research and education of natural-based, conscious-minded construction. Their goal is to strengthen earth based building culture and give professional protection of their built heritage based on community participation.



REcult is an initiative to capitalize traditional earth architecture, through an interdisciplinary approach, to inspire a contemporary and sustainable perspective on an existing and widespread patrimony throughout Romania.



Rahovitza association was founded in 2002, as a nonprofit organization promoting ecological building and traditional crafts in Bulgaria through theoretical and practical courses for more than 15 years’ experience.



Cultural Heritage without Borders (CHwB) is dedicated to saving and preserving the tangible and intangible cultural heritage affected by conflict, neglect or human and natural disasters. CHwB works with cultural heritage as an active force in reconciliation, peace building and social and economic development. Regional CHwB restoration camps represent a successful training model, which has been successfully implemented in four Balkan countries since 2007.



Piliko group was created in the summer of 2008 by professionals who specialize in the field of construction and who share a common interest in building with natural materials and sustainable architecture. ‘Piliko’ is a non-profit organization with the aim to revive old construction techniques, find new methods of building with natural and recycled materials and convey this knowledge.

Green council


The Organization was founded with the desire to join a big, smart and skilled people and to design projects together that can bring benefits to all and that can make a positive change both in our country and in the region.