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Presentation of the institution

BASEhabitat is a studio at the University of Arts Linz, department of architecture. Founded in 2004, it is concerned with sustainable architecture and the built environment, following ecologically compatible and socially just principles. A particular focus is on local, natural and affordable building materials, the participation of users and of those affected by planning and construction processes. Moreover, BASEhabitat considers these attributes integral parts of the training of young architects. On top of a theoretical basis, the actual realization of the designed projects is an essential part of the training. Hence, BASEhabitat works in planning, in designing and realizing projects and in research on an academic level. Outside academia, BASEhabitat offers workshops, on-site hands-on practice, every other year organizes an international summer school in Austria and displays its work in international exhibitions.

The way we plan, build and therefore create and shape our environment is inextricably tied to ecological, economic, social and political processes. Above all, significant changes of the global climate and an eroding social fabric are observable. This undesirable development not least requires a fundamental transformation of our planning and building activities. Aware of these challenges, BASEhabitat has been working on sustainable architecture and spatial development, developing exemplary projects, for more than 20 years now. Our goal is to make sustainable and socially responsible design, planning- and project-principles common practice for the next generations of architects.

In order to meet the growing challenges of our time, universities are required to use their knowledge from research and teaching to fulfil the so-called “third mission” in society and the economy. BASEhabitat takes on this responsibility by planning and constructing innovative buildings in a collaborative process between students and craftsmen, networking with pioneers of earth building and the production of renewable building materials and engaging in the dissemination of newly created knowledge.


Educational activities

BASEhabitat | Master Architektur

The BASEhabitat | Master is aimed at students with a Bachelor’s degree in architecture who wish to specialise in sustainable architecture in the Master’s degree programme.

The central element of the course is the design and implementation of real architectural projects with a social focus, using regenerative building materials such as earth, fibres and bamboo. The projects are realised together with NGOs and local partners. Students spend one semester on a BASEhabitat construction site and learn about architectural processes from research to realisation.


BASEhabitat | Postgraduate

The BASEhabitat | Postgraduate is aimed at professionals and graduates in architecture who are looking for an educational context in which they can expand their skills and abilities in relation to social and ecological issues.

An international learning environment is created by a renowned body of visiting architects, as well as BASEhabitat‘s teaching staff and students from around the world. BASEhabitat’s approach is centred on practical experiences led by professionals from various disciplines. The program consists of three terms of full-time study, that combines theoretical knowledge and practical experience.


International Summer School

Regenerative building materials not only have a long tradition in human settlement, but also offer many advantages for contemporary architecture. Join BASEhabitat for this two-week practical course and learn from the world leading experts in earth and bamboo construction! We are reaching out to architects, students, lecturers, craftsmen and engineers from all over the world who are interested in sustainable architecture. Explore the international environment at the Summer School for professional training, exchange and networking.


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