BASEhabitat teaching between university and construction site
BASEhabitat is a studio at the department of architecture at the University of Arts Linz. We have been working in the field of social and sustainable architecture and spatial development for 20 years now. Our focus is on regenerative building materials such as earth, fibers and bamboo. BASEhabitat projects are developed in cooperation with partner NGOs and local communities.
We offer a wide study program, hands-on learning opportunities, and real-scale projects. From the BASEhabitat Summer School to the Master and Postgraduate programs, we teach how to design and work with bamboo through theoretical lessons, in a workshop format and directly on a construction site. We present some of our projects and explain our teaching method.
Ulrike Schwantner is an urban planner, senior scientist and project manager. She studied spatial planning at the Vienna University of Technology and the Universidad Nacional de La Plata, Buenos Aires. Social-spatial contexts, participation and sustainable urban and community development are the common thread that runs through her professional work.
Since 2013, she has been working in the management at BASEhabitat, department of architecture, at the University of the Arts Linz. Her work includes the development of university construction projects, the design of new educational formats such as the International Summer School on earth and bamboo construction, master’s and postgraduate programs. Ulrike is actively involved in teaching, research and networking.
Marta Rota works as an architect, researcher and educator. She studied architecture at the Politecnico di Milano in Italy and graduated from Delft University of Technology in the Netherlands in 2014, where she received her M.Sc. in Architecture.
From 2015 to 2017 she worked as a designer at LEVS architecten in Amsterdam participating in projects in Mali, Africa. In 2019 she started her own studio which seeks to bridge the gap between theory and practice by providing architecture services that explore the use of natural building materials in contemporary architecture. Since 2020, she coordinates the teaching activities for the BASEhabitat Postgraduate program within the department of architecture at the University of Arts Linz, Austria.