Building Beyond Borders is a cross-border learning platform to enhance knowledge and push action towards regenerative and distributive design and building processes

With its postgraduate certificate, hands-on workshops, bi-annual fall symposium, Global Perspectives master design studio, research and internships, Building Beyond Borders offers a wide variety of learning moments to students, professionals and other interested alike. 

International collaboration to exchange skills and visions is key to this platform. Focus is on responsible ways of building, within a context of scarce resources and a low-tech approach, aiming for a positive environmental impact and high social return.

With its unique pedagogical approach and civic ambition, Hasselt University's Faculty of Architecture and Arts makes the perfect home for Building Beyond Borders.



We are one of the 61 finalists of the New European Bauhaus Prizes 2023

You can now support the Building Beyond Borders project and vote on the website (before May 24)

We are participating in the strand 'Education champions - shaping a circular industrial ecosystem and supporting life cycle thinking'.

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New edition postgraduate certificate

Registrations for the new edition of Building Beyond Borders are open now!


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Vacant PhD position

New vacant position for a PhD researcher on earth- and lime hemp-based materials

Deadline for application: August 21st

Building Beyond Bricks' 

hands-on ateliers

Gain practical skills working with wood, earth and fibres during the hands-on ateliers of the upcoming postgraduate certificate. The atelier is enriched with a one-week earthen workshop in Ouled Merzoug (Morocco)

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Four theory and reflect sessions

In the postgraduate certificate, we build our foundations in four thematic sessions:

Materials & Circularity,

Sufficiency & Lowtech building, 

Social & Participatory design, 

Biodiversity & Landscape 

Living Lab on earth blocks 

Together with partners from industry and building practice, we explore the Application of Earth Blocks in Practice in the next 3 years  in the "Living Lab Leemsteen", funded by VLAIO

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