The intersection between the natural and the creative
is subject of profound debate. This places production
at the crossroads of a pending reconfiguration that
will invariably transform the way we formulate reproducible
ideas, if giving consideration to material, cultural
and environmental economies is that which can no longer
Specific, collaborative revisions of existing productive
practices may lead to visual and mechanical innovations
that may foster these reconfigurations along.
This workshop will convene a transversal selection of
experts from various fields and institutions including
Cambridge University, ETSAM and MIT who will provide
its participants an experimental, multidisciplinary
platform of lectures and exercises combining stonemasonry,
mediterranean building techniques, and bioclimatic
construction filtered through the lens of contemporary
Artifexbalear, a promising stonemasonry and bioclimatic
design school of Inca, Mallorca, founded and directed
by Miguel Ramis, master stonemason, researcher and sculptor
will serve as site for this two-week event.
The workshop’s objectives are:
- To survey stonemasonry and brickvaulting as re-emerging
alternatives for innovative, costeffective,
- To review a range of stonemasonry building solutions,
that, through discussions and collaborative
research, will lead to the design and construction
of a full-scale prototype;
- To introduce the Artifex Workshop as an annual
summer initiative directed and coordinated
by Luis Berríos-Negrón, Michael Ramage
and Miguel Ramis to spur continued contemporary
dialogues between architecture, construction and the
The workshop will offer lectures from specialists
at different stone-related aspects, including the
rare opportunity of meeting a selection of local experts
and artisans that will offer first-hand building site
feedback and the artisan & builder’s voice
to the designing process:
To apply for the 16 available spaces please send a
statement of interest (no more than 250words) and CV
(PDF or Text no more than 2MB) to:
Poster of the workshop...........Schedule..........Resume
Miguel Ramis is the founder
and director of the Artifexbalear, an ongoing
project for the restoration and innovation of
the construction and stonemasonry arts. Initially
a Sales & Marketing Manager of Barceló
Hotels, has been involved in web-based projects
since the 1980's. In 1997 he leaves the hotel
industry in order to jump-start the educational
project known today as Artifex In the meantime,
as freelance internet designer, he develops the
website for Mallorca's Chamber of Commerce and
various other private commissions. Simultaneously
Ramis also positions Artifex as a web-based endeavor
where the design, development and management of
www.artifexbalear.org becomes the foundational
structure, becoming a resource considered to be
the largest data-base of continuing education
dedicated to the construction and masonry arts
with over 2,500 pages and multimedia tools. Prize
of the Commerce Chamber to the most innovative
The Artifex School is rooted in his stonemason
apprenticeship bestowed to him by his own father.
After several years of doing work side by side,
at the age of 22, Ramis and his father alone together
built the house he, to this day, lives in.
As a stonemasonry curator, he has been commissioned
see through the restoration of sections of the
Cathedral of Palma "La Seu", the Episcopal
Palace, the Santa Margarita Church, the Sacred
Heart Convent of Palma, that among several other
patrimony sites and private residences in Mallorca.
As classical sculptor he has created a replica
of the roman statue of La Rambla for the Municipal
House of Palma, has repaired several vandalized
municipal monuments and is sole author of other
sculptures and architectural projects for private
clients. As independent researcher of construction
history and of bioclimatic building strategies,
he has published articles and given lectures on
a variety of forums in Spain, France, USA, Argentina
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Michael Ramage is a University
Lecturer in the Department of Architecture at
Cambridge University. His specialties include
designing and building structural masonry spans
using traditional techniques and new materials.
Ramage collaborates in a building practice that
includes the structural design, analysis, and
construction of the tile-vaulted domes.
Recent projects are the
Pines Calyx in Dover, England, and at Mapungubwe
National Park in South Africa. He recently held
a fellowship in the engineering firm of Conzett
Bronzini Gartmann AG, Chur, Switzerland. Mr. Ramage
has led workshops on timbrel vault building techniques
at MIT and the University of Manitoba, Winnipeg,
Canada. While at MIT, he was a research assistant
with ArchNet.org and the Aga Khan Trust for Culture
to catalogue important Islamic buildings in Anatolia.
In addition to an MArch from MIT, Ramage has
a B.A. in Geology from Carleton College. He held
a Fulbright fellowship to Turkey in 1995-96, and
was recently the recipient of MIT's Marvin E.
Goody award and a Boston Society of Architects
research grant. He is a member of Sigma Xi, the
scientific research society
Carbon home unveiled in Kent
of Cambridge: current research
holds a Master of Architecture from the Massachusetts
Institute of Technology and a Bachelor of Fine
Arts from the Parsons School of Design. His academic
& professional trajectory focuses on mass
customization techniques, material economies,
visual arts and sustainable practices all through
the lens of architecture. He has received various
awards, including the Parsons-Kalil Award for
Smart Design and the MIT-Schnitzer Award for the
Visual Arts. Thereafter, he has had solo and group
exhibitions, installations and architectural design
projects in over 10 countries.
Since 2004, he has participated in workshops
led Bill Mitchell (Gehry/GM car design) and Mark
Goulthorpe (Sinthome Sculpture Workshop), was
a co-designer of the built Tsunami Safe(r) House
in Sri Lanka by Carlo Ratti, was invited as community
group leader at the Ostersund at Large public
art workshop coordinated by Fargfabriken, Sweden,
and conducted a public art and architecture workshop
at the CCAA in Kabul, Afghanistan. While at Parsons/NYC
he was teaching assistant to Silvia Kolbowski
and Jean Garner. While at MIT he was teaching
assistant to Joan Jonas and Krzrystof Wodiczko.
He has been in art and architecture residencies
in Germany, Afghanistan, Japan. He currently lives
between Madrid, collaborating with Juan Herreros,
and Berlin, making art, digital fabrication, and
(more info: www.luisberriosnegron.org).
Lluis Amengual is an environmental
expert graduated at the Girona University. Also
holds masters in Instrumentation and Process Control
at the Higher education institution of Energy
(Madrid) dependant on the Repsol-YPF Foundation,
a Master’s degree at the University of Barcelona,
Deusto and Mutua Universal:
Advanced technician in Occupational Risks Prevention
. and Master’s Degree in Business Management:
Quality and the Environment. University of the
He has been attended a International Semester
in Environmental Construction Engineering at the
Engineering College of Ärhus
(Denmark). Final project: Integrated Wastewater
Management in Solbjerg village, Denmark.
Luís has worked with the Balearic Govermement
in several projects at degraded areas. He curates
the environmental supplement at the Diario de
Tatiana Bilbao a former researcher
for Mexico City's Urban Housing and Development
Department, in 1999, she launches an architecture
firm, LCM, with a friend returning from practicing
in the Netherlands. Then, in 2004, she formed
her own practice, Tatiana Bilbao/mx.a, and with
three other architects, set up a separate collaborative
urban research studio to continue her interests
An exhibition pavilion in 2007 for the Jinhua
Architecture Park in China ,a master plan
for a botanical garden in Culiacan Sinaloa, Mexico,
or a mixed-use residential, commercial, and arts
center in an old factory in Guadalajara are some
of her works.
In 2008 received the commision of the Mexican
government's pavilion for the Water conservation
expo in Zaragoza,Spain.
Philippe Block focuses on structural
design and form-finding, mechanics of materials
and structures, graphical analysis and design
methods, architectural design, masonry mechanics,
history of the theory of structures, and assessment
of historic structures. He is currently a candidate
for Ph.D. from the Department of Architecture,
Building Technology Group at the Massachusetts
Institute of Technology where his disertation
is described as - "Develop an innovative
three-dimensional equilibrium approach for structural
analysis and design,"advisor: Professor.
John A. Ochsendorf.
He has been Visiting Researcher at the Institute
for Lightweight Structures and Conceptual Design
(ILEK) at the University of Stuttgart, has been
a Research Fellow at the School of Architecture,
Center for Information Technology and Architecture
(CITA) at the Danish Royal Academy of Arts, Copenhagen,
already holds a Master of Science in Architectural
Studies from the Department of Architecture, Design
& Computation Group, MIT, and graduated Magna
Cum Laude with a Master of Science in Engineering
Sciences - Architecture, Department of Architecture
of the Vrije Universiteit Brussel, Brussels, Belgium.
Carson Chan is an architecture
writer and curator. Bachelor of Architecture from
Cornell University, and a Masters in Design Studies
in the History and Theory of Architecture from
Harvard University. He has work at Barkow Leibinger
Architects and at the Neue Nationalgalerie’s
architecture department, Berlin.
Carson is a regular writer for cultural publications
like West East Magazine (Hong Kong) and 032c (Berlin),
where he is also a contributing editor. Carson
has served as a guest design critic at various
institutions including the summer design programs
at Harvard and Cornell Universities, and at the
New York Institute of Technology.
In 2005, he taught design studio at the Boston
Architecture Center. An active advisor to several
cultural institutions including the Museums of
Contemporary Art China (Hong Kong) and DLD ’08
(Munich), he recently organized an evening of
panel discussions at the Neue National galerie
(Berlin) with leading artists, architects and
curators to commemorate the 40th anniversary of
the Mies van der Rohe building.
Lukas Feireiss is a curator,
lecturer, writer and teacher (Freie Universität
Berlin, Delf University of Technology, Holland,
Cottbus University of Technology) living in Berlin
and working with Architecture, Art and Media beyond
Among others, he is autor of the book: he is
author of the books 'Game Set & Match' (with
Kas Oosterhuis), 'Space Craft', and 'Architecture
of Change: Sustainability and Humanity in the
Built Environment.',Strike a Pose!: Eccentric
Architecture and Spectacular Spaces ,"Spacecraft
2. More Fleeting Architecture and Hideouts"
and "Introduction" : Beyond Architecture.
Imaginative Buildings and Fictional Cities.
Juan Herreros holds a doctoral
degree in architecture, is Senior Professor, Head
of the Thesis Program at the ETSAM School of Architecture
of Madrid and is Visiting Professor of Architecture
at Columbia University. His visiting professor
posts also include Princeton, and ChicagoIIT,
all spanning through over 20 years of numerous
lectures, classes and international seminars as
well as research workshops around the world. Together
with Iñaki Abalos he founded Abalos&Herreros
Since 2006, he operates under the name Herreros
Arquitectos, a structure that develops collaborative
projects in Spain, Uruguay, Mexico, Panama and
the Netherlands, Norway, and the USA. Herreros
was recently awarded with the 2oo9 International
Fellowship of the RIBA (Royal Institute of British
Herreros Arquitectos just received the
first prize for the Munch Museum Area Competition
Yung Ho Chang is a Dr Architect,
current Head of Departament of Architecture of
the Massatchussetts Institute of Technology (
He received degrees in environmental design and
architecture from U.S. colleges including the
University of California, Berkeley. Returning
to China in 1993, he established China's first
private architectural firm, Atelier FCJZ. He is
the recipient of numerous awards including the
2000 UNESCO Prize for the Promotion of the Arts.
In 2002 and 2003, he held the Kenzo Tange Chair
at Harvard University's Graduate School of Design.
He also received an Academy Award in Architecture
from the American Academy of Arts and Letters
FCJZ projects range from private residences to
large- and small-scale museums, government buildings,
urban planning projects, and installations at
the Venice Biennale and Centre Pompidou in Paris,
as well as experimentation in furniture and graphic
In 1999 he set up the Graduate Center of Architecture
at Peking University, which he has headed ever
since. He also lectures at several schools in
the U.S. and travels frequently through Asia,
Europe, and North America.
Santiago Huerta Prof.-Dr.-Arch.
Professor of Structural design in the School of
Architecture Polytechnic University of Madrid
( ETSAM) and President of the Spanish Society
of Construction History (SEdHC)
In the last twenty years has work as consultor
for Historical Constructions (35 expertises on
buildings, vaults and bridges of different part
Publications (among others; articles and short
monographies can be downloaded in www.ad.upm.es
and www.bma.arch.unige.it ):
Since 1995 Editor of the Series "Texts on
the Theory and History of Constructions".
So far, 23 titles, among them, modern editions
of Choisy, Viollet-le-Duc, Guastavino, etc., works
by Jacques Heyman and the Proceedings of the Spanish
Congresses on Construction History (I to V) Published
by the Instituto Juan de Herrera.
(editor) Las bóvedas de Guastavino en
América (Guastavino vaults in America).
Madrid: Instituto Juan de Herrera, CEHOPU, COAC,
UPV, Avery Library, 2001.
(editor) Proceedings of the First International
Congress on Construction History (Madrid January
2003). Madrid: Instituto Juan de Herrera, 2003.
3 vols. (2,157 pp.)
Arcos, bóvedas y cúpulas. Geometría
y equilibrio en el cálculo tradicional
de estructuras de fábrica (Arches, vaults
and domes. Geometry and equilibrium in the traditional
design of masonry structures). Madrid: Instituto
Juan de Herrera, 2004 (623 pp.)
Construction History in Spain: Some notes on
its current state, historical origins and future
perspectives. In: Construction History: Research
perspectives in Europe. A. Becchi, F. Foce, M.
Corradi y O. Pedemonte (eds).Firenze: Kim Williams
Books, 2004. pp. 43B59.
Essays in the History of the Theory of Structures,
in honour of Jacques Heyman. Madrid: Instituto
Juan de Herrera, CEHOPU, 2005 (450 pp.).
Robert Lopéz Hilton, (www.canmonroig.com)
is a former antiquarian retrained into
traditional houses restaurator. His beautiful
stone and lime mortared houses, after years of
oblivion, recover all the timeless cosy atmosphere,
and remail ready for the next 100 years.
Toni Marin is founder and director
of EcoHabitar, a spanish magazine dedicated to
bioclimatical construction, permaculture and sustainable
The EcoHabitar Institute offers specialized education
in practical bioclimatical techniques and permaculture.
From his privileged position as social activist
and editor, he will offer his viewpoint of the
present situation of the alternative movement
and the possibilites left to young professionals.
Joan Mestre was the owner of
Unicmall, the last lime kiln of the Island. Some
years after taking the decision of rowing upstream,
his kiln is still burning lime, but this time
for a range of lime products.
Joan is also promoter of the Forum iberico de
la Cal, an association dedicated to the recovery
of the lime culture.
Enrique Rabasa is a Dr. Architect,
Professor of the ETSAM of Architecture of Madrid,
is director of the Graphic Architectonical Design
Department and expert on stereotomy of stone.
His book "De la cantería medieval
a la esterotomía del siglo XIX" is
a must to anyone that wants to get involved in
this recovered art.
Enrique also runs a stonecutting workshop at
the ETSAM and is director of the Research on history
of descriptive geometry and construction, especially
stereotomy and stone-cutting craft and techniques.
Colaboration with the Centro de los Oficios de
León (stonecutters school in León,
Spain). Expertises on historical constructions.
* Forma y construcción en piedra: de la
cantería medieval a la estereotomía
del siglo XIX. Madrid, 2000.
* Guía práctica de la estereotomía
de la piedra. León, 2007.
Alfonso Ramirez Ponce is a Mexican
architect who has explored for many years and
in depth several low-cost and sustainable construction
techniques through the use of regional materials
such as clay brick, in projects built through
out Latin America.
He currently lectures in the "Autonoma University
of Mexico" (UNAM), and has been an invited
professor Argentina, Bolivia, Colombia, Cuba,
Dominican Republic, Venezuela, Panama, Uruguay,
Singapore, Italy and Spain. He is the author and
co-author of more than 200 articles and several
books on Architecture.
His research and several of his projects have
won diverse awards, including the "Armando
Mestre Medal" in Cuba, and also the first
prize in the "Competition for the Technology
Transfer for Popular habitat" organized by
CYTED. He is also a member of the "Academia
Nacional de Arquitectura", and the "National
System of Art and Culture Creators" of México.
Eduardo Ramos is a young ecobuilder
applying geobiology and sacred geometry criteria
to the design process of his restored or new houses.
Sustainability, natural materials are other of
the elements of a search for a balanced atmosphere.
A house is ok; a home is better.
( plse visit spanish pages)
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The Artifex Workshop has been made possible by the
Govern Balear ( Government of the Balearic Isles: Labour
; Innovation+Development; Turism/ Consell de Mallorca:
Environmental Department / Inca Local Council