Wednesday, December 28, 2011
Students at Green Mountain College in Poultney,Vermont, developed a shed for urban situations that addresses needs of the urban gardeners of the future. The Occupy Vacant Lots , or OVal shed. Having spent some time with both the students and faculty at the college, I appreciate their continued commitment to developing a creative approach to sustainable living
Occupy Vacant Lots Project Constructs a Pre-Fab Shed for Urban Gardeners | Inhabitat - Green Design Will Save the World
Thursday, December 22, 2011
Monday, December 19, 2011
An artist named Whiting Tennis constructs anthropocentric shelters and sculptures that also embody animal forms, giving the work a surreal combine quality.
Thursday, December 15, 2011
Monday, December 5, 2011
Saturday, December 3, 2011
This shelter in the alps combines anthropocentric design and passive systems in an way that is reminiscent of the set design in Kubrick's 2001.
Tuesday, November 29, 2011
Monday, November 28, 2011
Alternative shelter goes downscale (but upmarket?) hip! Yet that dome feels very familiar to my deep collective subconscious.
Friday, November 25, 2011
Thursday, November 24, 2011
Tuesday, November 22, 2011
Sunday, November 20, 2011
Friday, November 18, 2011
Tuesday, November 15, 2011
Sunday, November 13, 2011
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Friday, November 11, 2011
Thursday, November 10, 2011
Point No Point
What’s the point here? A multiplicity of perspectives doesn’t allow for restful contemplation from a single vantage point. The power of group- think is not in its collective wisdom but in its ability to maintain blind spots of intent, while in the midst of a creative, transformative process. Being pre-occupied in this way does not correlate to a willed ignorance but to a clearing of space for things to happen before they are known.
So what’s the point here? The point is, that nothing is not nothing, and that in nothingness there is contained a métier. (with a nod to Wallace Stevens)
The link below leads to a poignant explication of why no agenda might be the best agenda for OWS, from one of the encamped:
Wednesday, November 9, 2011
Does Emergency/Home has a "new realist" ring to it?
Tuesday, November 8, 2011
Sunday, November 6, 2011
Yesterday afternoon I was at a meeting on civil relations and winter prep at the Occupy Wall Street encampment. Upshot of the beginning discussion (before I had to leave) was that negative race and class relationships did not have to be replicated in the community. A representative for the homeless asked that they not be "criminalized", making the very good point that "we were here long before all of you ". If any know how to survive a New York winter on the street-
Friday, November 4, 2011
Incorporate insulation principles to maximize warmth /minimize potential therm needs.
Monday, October 31, 2011
Occupy Wall Street- Winter Shelter Design Forum ( for submissions of design proposals to solve issues of winter encampment)
This blog is conceived to initiate an open forum to address the need for winter shelter solutions for the OWS encampment. Please feel free to send your ideas and designs (factual or fanciful) to get some practical solutions underway. The designs should be light and portable and be able to retain the maximal amount of body heat.
"Formerly, when how to get my living honestly, with freedom left for my proper pursuits, was a question which vexed me even more than it does now, for unfortunately I am become somewhat callous, I used to see a large box by the railroad, six feet long by three wide, in which the laborers locked up their tools at night; and it suggested to me that every man who was hard pushed might get such a one for a dollar, and, having bored a few auger holes in it, to admit the air at least, get into it when it rained and at night, and hook down the lid, and so have freedom in his love, and in his soul be free. This did not appear the worst, nor by any means a despicable alternative. You could sit up as late as you pleased, and, whenever you got up, go abroad without any landlord or house-lord dogging you for rent.'
"HDT Box" , active- use social sculpture. Rigid insulation foam units would be lightweight and easily stored, and/ or dissembled after active use. A nylon vestibule could be added at entrance and a sterno can (the type caterers use for warming trays) used for local warming. "HDT Box" , copyright Tom McGlynn, 2011.
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