Campus MaNa is a professional training center for creators,
in Burgundy on 40 hectares of nature

with Dominique Jakob & Brendan MacFarlane & Ahmed Abdel-Gawad
July 1st > 5th, 2024

The Program

Learning objectives

During the training, participants will acquire the following skills:

  • Introduction to compressed earth construction techniques from Egypt to Europe
  • Practical application of earth construction techniques to build a climate mitigation pavilion
  • Introduction to earth architecture references around the world

Content of the program

Heatwaves, extreme cold, violent winds, storms, hurricanes, heavy snowfall, floods, drought, air pollution...

What is the impact of climate disruptions on our approach to designing and innovating? How can we anticipate the necessary future adaptations at the urban, landscape, and architectural levels? How can our architectural choices protect life from climatic extremes?

Mitigate them? What innovative solutions will emerge in the face of resource scarcity? How can we move beyond preconceived ideas and propose imaginative and innovative responses?

These are some of the questions that will be addressed during this training.


with Dominique Jakob & Brendan MacFarlane & Ahmed Abdel-Gawad

Dominique Jakob, born in France, graduated from the Paris-Villemin architecture school (1991) and holds a degree in art history (Paris I University). In 1998 Dominique Jakob and Brendan MacFarlane founded the Jakob+MacFarlane agency. Dominique taught at school
of architecture Paris-Villemin and Paris-Malaquais, at the special school of architecture, as well as at the Southern California Institute of Architecture in Los Angeles. She was named Woman Architect of the Year 2019 by the Association for Research on the City and Habitat (ARVHA). She has been a full member of the French Academy of Architecture since 2016.

Brendan MacFarlane, born in New Zealand, graduated from the Southern California Institute of Architecture in Los Angeles (Sci-Arc) (1984) and holds a master's degree from the Harvard Graduate School of Design in Boston (1990). He has taught at the Bartlett School of Architecture in London, the Architectural Association in London, the Special School of Architecture in Paris, Sci-Arc and the Harvard Graduate School of Design. Jakob+MacFarlane were the initiators of the French section of ‘Architects Declare’ (French Architects are mobilizing in the face of the Climate and Ecological Emergency); its projects ‘Energy Plug’ in France and ‘Living Landscape’ in Iceland are winners of the global C40 Reinventing Cities competition. They lecture and exhibit their works internationally, with participation in the 2021 Seoul Biennale of Architecture and Urbanism and COP26 in Glasgow among recent examples.


We will examine contemporary approaches to land use in design and construction, with a strong emphasis on experimentation and innovation.The aspects to explore within the workshop are:

  • Learn compressed earth construction, starting with analyzing the earth and moving through to constructing the formwork, mixing and compressing the earth. As an experiment in collective work, this technique will be used to create a climate mitigation pavilion – a temporary piece in the landscape that will hopefully remain after the workshop for several years, serving as the MaNa Campus of meeting space for students to think about and discuss the climate.


  • Make mud bricks, individually and collectively. Working with soil, straw and different organic materials to create locally made bricks and examining experimental structures that can be made with such bricks.


The practical work will be interspersed with two or three lectures given by experts in different aspects of design for extreme climates. In order to maximize the usefulness of the information received, each of these conferences will be followed by a collective brainstorming session where students will be invited to think about its possible applications in relation to their own work, as well as potential future uses of these knowledge. Technical acquisition including an introduction to the operation of the tools, an introduction to their maintenance and their safe use

  • Lectures
  • Educational distribution: 60% practical, 40% theoretical contributions
  • Active participation and experimentation of participants are favored

Evaluation follow-up and modalities

  • Individual and group interviews
  • Bio-inspired facade to create
  • Self-assessment at the end of training in the form of a collective feedback
  • Payroll sheet per half day
  • Certificate of completion issued by Campus MaNa

Duration and method of organization:

Target audience:
Creative professional
July 1st > 5th, 2024
5 days
9h-13h / 14h-18h
at Campus MaNa
Group size:
Language(s) :

Professional price: 1580 euros excluding tax
Prerequisites cover letter

Price: student: 750 euros excluding tax
Prerequisite: cover letter

Price: DAE alumni and MANA campus alumni 1000 euros excluding tax
Prerequisite: cover letter

Price(s) including the cost of training, accommodation and full board, materials and personal protective equipment.

Planning :

Soon available

Location :

Campus MaNa Domaine du Croisil, Le Croisil, 89350 Champignelles France

Accessibility :

For any disability situation, please contact us to consider the feasibility

Access period :

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