University of Art and Design Linz
BASEhabitat is a project studio within the Department of Architecture at the University of Art and Design Linz. Since 2004 numerous projects in the field of sustainable architecture have been implemented worldwide, most of them using earth as building material.
The work of BASEhabitat is founded on social and cultural integration, environmentally friendly construction, the use of local resources, and the aesthetic demands of the architectural design as requirements for sustainable and self-determined development.
In addition to construction projects on the ground, where students and local workers cooperate, workshops are regularly held on working with earth and bamboo as construction materials. There is also a summer school that takes place every two years with active, international participation.
BASEhabitat has been a member of the UNESCO Chair of Earthen Architecture since 2014.
To live up to the increasing worldwide interest in BASEhabitat’s work , the need for projects in the area of humanitarian architecture, the University of Art and Design Linz has decided to establish a postgraduate BASEhabitat master’s degree.