Earth Architecture, Abetenim, Ghana MARIA PANTA

Maria is a PhD candidate working on a research project exploring the work of community-driven initiatives involved in small-scale climate change adaptation projects in the Global South. The project, which is under the supervision of Dr Hocine Bougdah, is in its second year. As part of her research, Maria spent 6 weeks on the Earth Architecture workshop in the village of Abetenim, southern Ghana. The workshop culminated in a live community project, which enabled her to develop first-hand experience of using earth based building techniques, amongst others.

The outcome was the construction of a school canteen using low tech, locally developed building practices. Maria is currently writing about how the NGO’s narrative of using local materials like earth in the construction of new projects can be adapted and translated into the local reality.