Lynchburg Grows
October 17, 2011, 8:57 pm
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I had the opportunity the other day to visit a pretty amazing non profit operation in Lynchburg Virginia. Several years ago Lynchburg Grows took over 9 historic green houses from the city of Lynchburg. The green houses which were once used to grow roses for almost a century were transformed into organic vegetable beds. The urban farm now provides food to the city schools along with education opportunities for youth.

Its a pretty impressive operation already but with plans to establish a fruit orchard and an aquaponics system with tilapia it should be an even more amazing place. For the whole story check them out.


September 7, 2011, 7:45 pm
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A bit over two years ago we posted here  about Lou Ureneck’s journey to build a cabin in rural Maine which he documented on a blog through the NY Times website. The construction of the cabin and the subsequent blog wrapped up sometime last year and now the full story of his experience has be read in a book he wrote appropriately called Cabin.

The cabin itself turned out beautiful however obviously there is a bit more to the story then simply the building of a cabin, like the opportunity to the reconnect with his brother, which he hints at in his final post on the times blog when he says, “It has been a gift to me in my 50’s to have spent a year with my brother in the woods, creating a space that we can return to, year after year, for fishing, talking or planning the next project.” I look forward to reading the book. For more up to date reports from the cabin deep in the wilds of Maine check out Lou’s blog here.

The Wilderness Cabin
October 6, 2010, 6:51 pm
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Free book are the best books. I found this one in a pile of books to be discarded at a local used book shop the other day. They were getting rid of it cause the cover separated from the spine. Anyways its going to come in real handy when I build my cabin in the wildernesss.

Along with providing various examples of the different typologies of cabins this book also lays out the tools and construction methods one can use to get the house built. Now I just need a small piece of land.

All the illustrations in this book are great, and by the wildlife artist Les Kouba. The rest of the set is here.


Free Life Center

Our friends over at A Mystery in Common are working on a collaboration for a T shirt with the Free Life Center out in Portland Oregon.  Consisting of two artists, Mark Warren Jacques & Seth Neefus, the Free Life Center will tour around the Pacific Northwest later this month.

The endeavor is probably best described as follows, “Mark Warren Jacques & Seth Neefus are two Portland-based artists embarking on a dream and you are invited to join them as they take their mobile art center on a nomadic journey.”
-Leslie Miller
Pacific Northwest College of Art

Description from their site:

-Free Life Center is a hand-crafted, one room structure, viewed as and art installation as well as an experience.

-Built primarily of reclaimed / salvaged materials (thanks ReBuilding Center), the structure emanates the artists’ homespun aesthetic and commitment to a high level of DIY craftsmanship.

-Within the building viewers are encouraged to explore every nook and cranny; finding that each element (painting, drawing, video projection, sound, performance) has been considered as a part of the construction and experience in whole.

-As a modularly designed structure (i.e. designed and built in movable pieces) Free Life Center may be modified in size to be shown in a wide variety of viewing contexts including gallery, venue, and natural environments.

-At its largest configuration the structure is 12ft width X 16ft length X 10ft in height. (24 person capacity inside structure)

House Work
May 7, 2010, 9:11 pm
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Been working on the new house this week, building a fence and also packing things up in the old house. Here are some images I have been collecting from Lloyd Kahn’s Shelter II, inspiration for our own home. If you aren’t familiar with Kahn’s Shelter I highly recommend it, also check out the Dome Book.

The rest of the images here.

A Frame
February 24, 2010, 8:08 pm
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The “A Frame” home is an iconic style of home building that became hugely popular after WWII. While not as practical for an everyday home the building style is favored for use in the construction of a secondary or vacation homes.

I found this beautiful example in a 1968 issue of Field and Stream, in fact it is a “Field and Stream Approved Model” A frame home. We recently stayed in one like this down in North Carolina, it was definitely cozy but didn’t have the amazing enameled red Franklin wood stove the one pictured does. I think I could get used to living in one of these everyday.

I’d be interested to hear what Lloyd has to say about this building/structure type, maybe he even knows something about its origin? More pictures here.

Allan Wexler
February 10, 2010, 7:52 pm
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Artist/Architect Allan Wexler has been a huge influence and inspiration to WildWood for sometime, so much so I recently used his work to illustrate and inspire my students for an assignment I gave them. His work explores the routines and rituals of our everyday lives and how they relate to the built environment.

As said in his statement, “The works isolate, elevate, and monumentalize our daily rituals; dining, sleeping, bathing. And they, in turn, become mechanism that activate ritual, ceremony, and movement, turning these ordinary activities into theater.”

Lloyd Kahn
February 9, 2010, 9:42 am
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The WildWood recently got a mention on Lloyd Kahn‘s personal blog. This was a very kind nod from a somewhat hero of ours. For those of you who don’t know who Lloyd Kahn, he is a pioneer of the green building movement and he was among many things, the “Shelter” editor/contributor for the Whole Earth Catalog.

Heavily influenced by Bucky Fuller, he began building geodesic domes and published  Domebook and later Shelter which documented other home building methods found across the world. His writings and ideas of shelter building have been a huge influence and inspiration to many folks.

Examples of English frame construction types from Shelter.

From the Ground Up[Date]
January 20, 2010, 5:47 pm
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I have mentioned writer Lou Ureneck‘s Maine cabin in the past here. The detailed account of his journey of building the cabin was documented in a blog he wrote on the NY Times. Lou has now finished his cabin but reports will continue from a new blog appropriately called Maine Cabin Blog. Follow him as he continues onto his next project of planting and cultivating an orchard in the hills surrounding his cabin.

Images via NYTimes.

July 28, 2009, 10:33 am
Filed under: Architecture


Lines, Surfaces, and Solids via Le Corbusier’s Urbanisme, published 1925.