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Spring Coursework as follows:

Passive Solar Adobe Design Class at Santa Fe Community College and the remaining classes we have scheduled for the spring 2014 semester:

Class: ADOB 111 - Adobe Construction Basics
Format: 8-Week Online Class
Dates: March 24 to May 17, 2014
Credits: 3
Course #: 31268
Instructor: Kurt Gardella

Class: ADOB 112 - Adobe Wall Construction
Format: Web-Blended (4 Weeks Online + 2 Days of Intensive Live Instruction)
Dates: April 19 to May 17, 2014 (class meets on campus Saturday, April 19 and Sunday, April 20, 2014, 9am to 5pm)
Location: Trades and Applied Technology 815
Credits: 3
Course #: 31661
Instructor: Kurt Gardella

Class: ADOB 115 - Finish Practices
Format: Web-Blended (4 Weeks Online + 2 Days of Intensive Live Instruction)
Dates: April 21 to May 17, 2014 (class meets on campus Saturday, May 10 and Sunday, May 11, 2014, 9am to 5pm)
Location: Trades and Applied Technology 813
Credits: 3
Course #: 31662
Instructor: Kurt Gardella

The upcoming Adobe in Action classes:
Class: History & Basics of Adobe Construction (8-Week Online Class)
Dates: March 17 to May 11, 2014
Credits: 2
Location: Online Instruction via Minigroup
Instructor: Kurt Gardella
Fee: $250

Class: Foundations for Adobe Structures (8-Week Online Class)
Dates: March 17 to May 11, 2014
Credits: 2
Location: Online Instruction via Minigroup
Instructor: Kurt Gardella
Fee: $250

Class: Adobe Conservation and Preservation (Blended Format: 4 Weeks Online + 5 Days Live Instruction)
Dates: Live Instruction from March 31 to April 4, 2014 (M - F, 8am to 4pm), Online Instruction April 7 to May 4, 2014
Credits: 4
Format: Online Instruction via Minigroup, Live Instruction in La Mesa/Las Cruces, New Mexico
Instructors: Kurt Gardella (Online), Pat Taylor (Live)
Fee: $500

More info can be found at the respective program websites:

http://www.sfcc.edu/programs/adobe_construction
http://www.adobeinaction.org/education/

Adobe in Action
Spring 2014 Adobe Conservation & Preservation Class with Pat Taylor

Dates: Online from March 3 - 28, Live from March 31 - April 4

Credits: 4

Format: Online Instruction via Minigroup, Live Instruction in La Mesa/Las Cruces, NM

Instructors: Kurt Gardella (Online), Pat Taylor (Live)

Fee $500

This is a great opportunity to learn about adobe conservation and preservation techniques (theory & hands on) from some of the most experienced people in the field. This class is geared towards professional builders, engineers and architects wanting to add adobe preservation to their services as well as non-professional owner/builders wishing to learn more about restoring an existing adobe structure.

The 4-week online component (March 3 - 28) takes place directly before the 5-day class and will cover most of the theoretical topics of adobe conservation including:

- Introduction to "Adobe Dynamics 101"

- Secretary of the Interior's Standards for
Historic Preservation

- Material Identification and Adobe Making

- Capillary Action and Permeability

- Adobe Structural Issues and Practices

- Structural Retrofit of Historic Earthen
Buildings

- Maintenance Plans

The 5-day instruction portion of the class will be held at two historic preservation building sites; the San Jose Catholic Church in La Mesa, NM and the Historic Armijo House in downtown Las Cruces, NM.

For information and questions contact kurt@adobeinaction.org.

Adobe in Action announces upcoming class:

Get into the field and learn the basics of building with adobe by focusing on soil testing and the entire brick-making process.
Class: History & Basics of Adobe Construction
(8 week on-line)
Dates: March 17 - May 11, 2014
Credits: 2
Instructor: Kurt Gardella
Fee: $250

Finally, as the weather warms up you'll be shown how to install foundation types which work for adobe structures.
Class: Foundation for Adobe Structures (8 week on-line)
Dates: March 17 - May 11, 2014
Credits: 2
Instructor: Kurt Gardella
Fee: $250

For questions please email kurt@adobeinaction.org

Jake's Travels

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On August 23-24, Program Director Jake Barrow attended a Washington D.C. NCPTT convened group of trades practitioners, educators, nonprofit and federal agency staff to discuss how we could work together to improve preservation trades training opportunities in the NPS and beyond. The inspiration for the meeting was a proposed action item in the draft NPS Cultural Resource Challenge: Develop a "traditional skills" program within the NPS to produce training and technical briefs to support the efforts of the public and private sector. Discussion focused on how to facilitate student awareness of and connections among existing programs, how to improve preservation trades training for the NPS, and what technical information is needed to support preservation trades work.


Program Director Jake Barrow travelled to Lima, Peru to present information about Cornerstones at the XIth International Conference on the Study and Conservation of Earthen Architecture Heritage. Following the conference, he headed to Chile to visit our good friends at Fundación Altiplano. Stay tuned for a slide presentation of Jake's travels.

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Preserving the San Miguel Chapel Bell Tower

Hotel St. Francis Partners with Cornerstones Community Parnerships in preserving the San Miguel Chapel Bell Tower
Download Press Release
Cstones St Francis Hotel

Stories for Change

Cornerstones is one of the Leadership Examples in the MetLife Foundation's journal "Partners for Livable Communities"

Wesleyan Youth Make Adobe At Santo Domingo Trading Post

We were fortunate enough to have members of a church group from Wesleyan, Massachusetts come for the 2nd year to work at Santo Domingo Pueblo's Old Trading Post.

Wesleyan Students


Here's some of their comments:

What I really like about this project is connecting these youth from back east with the southwest traditions of earthen architecture which is so different from what they are accustomed to. Aaron Kauffman - organizer

This is my second time back here and I really enjoy the assembly line process Jake and Antonio set up getting these adobes made. Its a good feeling being a part of the group and helping the Pueblo out getting the Trading post fixed. Peter Dixon

I was here last year and really liked it. For me its great to see this earth being used to make adobe. Its not like this soil is good for agriculture and so using the resource to build the building is great. I enjoy the hard work and us competing against the others to make more adobe than they did. Alexandra Keiser

We've been talking with Ricardo Cate from the community a lot and that has been interesting to learn about the Pueblo and how this Trading Post can be some kind of economic engine to help. I really think this is going to work out and eventually be a successful project. Its great to see a practical use for the local dirt and obviously its good stuff because the old adobe on the building has held up so well. Andrew Ridlaup


San Miguel is "Angels Project"

San Miguel Chapel was chosen as the "Angels Project" for the Architectural Specialty Group (ASG) attending the National Conference of The American Institute for Conservation (AIC) held in Albuquerque. The group came down for a fulfilling, educational and fun day of work on Tuesday May 8.

ASG


ASG comments:

Great hands on training! Everybody was able to take turns at every workstation and the process was all very well explained. Excellent session!

Great way to learn something new about a material I don't have a background in.

Learning from the experts and knowing the work is used for a real project. Thanks for sharing you knowledge, skills, and tradition! Also learning about the local culture and people.

I really enjoyed making bricks and plastering. The best thing is participating in all the steps of making and using plaster and mud brick so that we have a comprehensive understanding of the process.

San Miguel Mission preservation - Santa Fe New Mexican editorial

Cowboys and Indians On-line magazine

San Miguel Chapel and Cornerstones were featured in an article on Cowboys and Indians on-line magazine. The article was written by Wolf Schneider and includes beautiful photographs of the Chapel in its early days. Keep checking the Cornerstones' webpage for more news about San Miguel. Visit Cowboys and Indians to read the article

Cornerstones Named a Preserve America Steward

Download our pdf of a press release announcing Cornerstones' designation as a Preserve America Steward.

Adobe Flood Manual

Download our pdf of Cornerstones' Emergency Flood Mitigation Manual for Earthen Architecture.