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University College Cork

7.30pm Thursday March 14th 2013

Enquiries 076 602 6046 or, 086 10 22 400
email: sheltermaker@gmail.com

ECO-BUILDING ON A SHOESTRING

A Presentation by ‘Sheltermaker’ Peter Cowman

How does one approach the question of low-cost eco-building design and construction?
How can I avoid having a mortgage?
What are the realities of self-building?
What skills are needed?
Can one study and build at the same time?
What about planning issues?
How easy is it to make electricity?
These and many other questions will be answered in this presentation which will include illustrations of low-cost eco-buildings, including a green, low-impact sustainable shelter called The EconoSpace that can be made on a shoestring budget [from €5000 upwards!] in the average backyard without planning permission!

€5 Donation €3 Students
An excellent opportunity to learn the secrets of Sheltermaking from the man who dreamed it all up in the first place – Peter Cowman.

SHELTERMAKING IS

... living your architecture
... simply being
... the dream of who you are
... the creation of your world
... your dream of the future
... letting go to change
... trusting in life
... where you are going and how to get there
... sharing
... imagining
... playing
... delving into the magic realms
... staring into the looking glass
... the journey of your life
... timelessness
... truth and honesty
... the exploration of the unknown
... creativity
... identity
... free fall

Insight

‘Living’ architecture articulates the idea that buildings are a reflection of our selves. When we bring this realisation to the design+construction process it facilitates us getting in touch with what might best be described as ‘the dream of our life’ – in other words, who we are, where we are going and how we plan on getting there! This potential of architecture to help us realise the dream of our life is generally overlooked because ‘property’ has become so serious, being the cornerstone of the prevailing economic system.