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project .003 progress

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Some photos of the disassembly phase progress of our latest project .003- a decommissioned moving truck bed transformed into an outdoor roof deck garden.

formerly urban: projecting rustbelt futures

Today is the last day the Syracuse School of Architecture will be featuring the “formerly urban” symposium. If you have time, you should stop by and check it out. Below are some links to information regarding the event.

formerly urban schedule of events

press release

landscapes of assembled mineral resources

source: fig. 2.13 & 2.14 from Fernandez’s Material Architecture ch. 2 pgs 44-70.

“When one considers the compounding effects of the long life of buildings (and infrastructure) and their large and material intensive bulk, it is not surprising that construction has resulted in sprawling landscapes of assembled mineral resources. The extraordinary efforts of previous societies to mine and process the mineral wealth of the world have left us with a huge bounty of material embodied within the structure, skin, and internals of our buildlings.”

– Jose Fernandez, Material Architecture: emergent materials for innovative buildings and ecological construction. 2006.

project .001 completed!

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Our first project was recently finished and our other projects on the boards are continuing toroll along towards completion!

Project .001, done for a client in Liverpool was merely a table that had used some of the red oak hardwood planks taken from the Hafner’s barn mentioned in our previous blog post. We were so excited about fabricating this table because it allowed us toutilize our design knowledge to really hone in on the details at a furniture scale.  The client wanted to be able to take the table apart for the winter and reassemble it every year, so the hardware we used only requires 2 tools (a hammer and a wrench) to re/disassemble. Aside from the gorgeous wood we used for the table top, we harvested steel that had been previously holding up bleachers inManley Field House, one of Syracuse University’s athletic facilities. The history we’ve embedded within this project through the materials used was a request of the client and something that we really like about our job. We’re really happy to be able to say that the values of this table go beyond purely economic ones, it preserves many historical and archaeological values inherent in the material too.We essentially have the power to recreate/restore/preserve historical narratives that already have momentum.

There will be more pictures to come, we’ll be photographing this project when the client is done using it for the winter…

From these smaller projects, we’re starting to realize the larger our projects are, the more usable material waste we can save from going to our landfills! Sounds pretty logical don’t you think?