Hempcrete: The Better Than Zero Carbon Building Material

INTBAU is hosting a lunchtime talk on Hempcrete. Learn more and register below: A composite material made from wet-mixing hemp shiv with a lime binder, Hempcrete provides a natural, vapour-permeable, airtight insulation material which also has great thermal mass, giving it a uniquely effective thermal performance.

Register for INTBAU’s lunchtime talk with Alex Sparrow, Founder and MD at UK Hempcrete, who is recognised globally as one of the leading experts in the use of hempcrete and other bio-materials in construction. Alex speaks internationally on hempcrete, as well as providing training and consultancy services with a global reach, to assist others in the use of hempcrete and bio-based construction materials.

Thursday 16th July 2020

1pm – BST (British Summer Time)

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Education · Programs · Traditions

Education | Practice | Craft

Join INTBAU for its Summer Series on educational initiatives transferring knowledge, craft and traditional skills central to architectural practice in the Mediterranean, the Gulf and beyond with speakers ICTP member Mohamad Hamouié, Yasmine El Majzoub of Terrachidia and INTBAU Spain’s Chapter chair Alejandro García Hermida

Date: Tuesday 14th July 2020

Time: 12pm – BST (British Summer Time)

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Perspectives on a Pandemic: Now Online at INTBAU

INTBAU asked its global audience to share creative responses to how COVID-19 has changed their relationship with the built environment and the wider world around them. 

During these strange, new, and difficult weeks and months, we’ve all had to adjust to new ways of living and working. Some haven’t had nearly enough space, either green or personal, while others have felt isolated and adrift. The crowded trains and tall office towers that felt like the future suddenly now seem like the past, with heightened awareness for many of the importance of walkable local communities and greater balance with nature.  

You can explore all artworks submitted to INTBAU at the online gallery here:

Is your point of view missing from the gallery? It’s not too late to submit! Contact INTBAU to get your work into the exhibition.

Education · Resources · Traditions

Traditions: Southwestern United States

Traditional building, architecture, and urbanism of the southwestern United States is responsive to its culture, climate, and materials. From the Mesa Verde to Santa Fe, from ancestral to colonial traditions, whether stone masonry or adobe, southwestern traditions of building in the United States provide a rich resource for designers today and a wealth of examples of a climate-adaptive architecture.

“Mesa Verde, Spanish for green table, offers a spectacular look into the lives of the Ancestral Pueblo people who made it their home for over 700 years, from A.D. 600 to 1300. Today the park protects nearly 5,000 known archeological sites, including 600 cliff dwellings. These sites are some of the most notable and best preserved in the United States.” [Photo: Christine Huckins Franck]
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15th Havana International Study Tour and Charrette, March 8-13, 2020

INTBAU CUBA invites attendance and participation in its 15th Havana International Study Tour and Charrette, a program held in two parts, beginning with a study tour (March 8-10) and concluding with a charrette (March 11-13). Participants may attend either or both portions.

The tour will introduce participants with the history of the Architecture and Urbanism of Havana, a UNESCO World Heritage Site and its urban evolution. The Charrette will start a 100 Years Plan for Havana based on Classical Planning Principles.

Habana Vieja de noche
Havana at Night, Gabriel Rodríguez / CC BY-SA (

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