The vienna.transitionBASE located at the Seestadt Aspern opened with a colourful season warming event at the 15th June 2017. Guests explored the trendsetting sustainable buildings and were informed about the newest plans for the built-it-yourself house called baus!.
Enter the tBASE
The heart of the tBASE is an open space surrounded by trees and bushes with a fire place, straw bales to sit on, beer benches and tables. A little artisanry market invited to browse and tasty meals were offered at the kitchen module. The event was officially opened by speakers from the tBASE and the local administration.
David Marek, passionate tBASE activist and our tour-guide for the day provided lots of details about the buildings and projects on site, from the biomass heater to the mobile home (caravan), the q-box housing modules to the permaculture toilets. The famous “Kettenlinienhaus” is made out of eight wooden archs, strawbales and brick earth – 100 percent self-made, certainly!
Struck by lightening and hit with pioneering spirit
“If you want to see a change in the world and no one else makes it happen, you have to do it by yourself. If you search in yourself for a meaningful life a big dream finds you – as our Project United Creations and the tBASE. You might find yourself working day and night – the challenge then is to patiently walk step by step in order to not burn out, trying to realise it too fast.”, states David Marek, one of the masterminds of the tBASE.
“At the beginning we were called ‘the ones struck by lightening'” David Marek
I’d rather call them the enlightened ones 😉 . A bunch people like you and me wanted to make a change and started constructing the vienna.transitionBASE plus the umbrella organisation United Creation and many associated projects. The first members or participants were part of the pioneers of change program, others volunteered and some successfully completed their practical lessons for the green skills training course, which was one of the first educational projects when the tBASE was still known as “Sprungbrett Aspern”. “Through this course, we could build and finance first structures on site, develop our own skills, extend the network of experts and gather new participants”, says Marek. They put a lot of energy and resources into their creations and worked eagerly to make their dream come true.
They asked themselves “what kind of future do we want? How do we want to live and build? How shall we move? How do we want to interact with others?” and started realising their ideas. Its quite a contrast to the dream, vision and big budget of the city planners, but thanks to the good communication there is a lot of exchange and mutual understanding.
What makes buildings sustainable?
The core values of sustainable building are the use of renewable resources, upcycling, repairing, reusing and thinking in material-cycles. Besides theoretical research (tLab) and production (tFab) the outcome is shown to the public and clients (tExpo).
Eco-friendly build-it-yourself home called baus!
baus! is a tiny community house made from renewable materials. It has vertical gardening option on the facades, roof top gardening and is planned with several floors. If you want to see this building with your own eyes and maybe get inspired on how your future home might look like then watch this video about baus! (German) and support them with your funding.
baus! Das grüne SelbstBauHaus (Video in German)
Summary & links
The tBASE is a research lab, campus, expo, permaculture garden – a sustainability park full of intelligent solutions on the basis of a gentle use of resources for a maximum possibility to fulfil human needs of a “good life” – made by a hands-on bottom-up community.
If it happened, that the lightening stroke you by now too, you’ll find endless possibilities to take part and co-create! Every Tuesday and Saturday afternoon it’s now open for visitors, to get to know the projects and amazing people behind it. Read more on http://www.t-base.org
Crowd-funding for eco-home is running now!
So don’t miss it! If you are convinced, that baus! is worth investing on, you can support the campaign on https://www.startnext.com/baus
Impressions of the day