Category Archives: spotlight

FLUTTERS from Side Street

FLUTTERS from Side Street what is it?

here is a short interview with author george gee about his dry erase art book. more info at https://www.facebook.com/fluttersfromsidestreet/

 

 

 

happy trails kennels site visit

big lake, ak 99652

happy trails kennel

the new visitor facility for the happy trails kennels in big lake is the home of four time iditarod champion martin buser and family. the visitor center is going to be ready for operation with the start of the 2014 summer tour season.

trophy display

porte-cochere

dig afognak mess hall

dig afognak

dig afognak mess hall

the building is designed with the idea to harvest most of the materials from the site. the structural members are made up of small scale lumber cut from the site by the community.

the building is made up of truss-frames at 10′ on center. the frames can be assembled on site and put up with local workforce. 2x wall framing is initially exposed on the interior, making the wood visible inside and out.  if desired the walls can be insulated and cladded at a later date. wooden floors are rough sawn slabs and will wear to a smooth finish over time. in the center of the mess hall is a masonry heater made up of local rock for thermal storage of wood heat. the hot water will be pre-heated with a heat exchanger from the masonry heater.

a renewable wood shed is located close to the lake for better solar access. some of the electrical power will be supplied by solar photovoltaic panels. the solar pv panels are located on the roof of the shed and provide a space to dry the wood to fuel the masonry heater. a wind turbine is mounted near the beach for electric power generation.

project was designed summer 2012 for the foraker group pre-development program and is looking for funding of construction.

dig afognak

risk and resilience

joe swan sr. kivalina 2012

joe swan sr. kivalina city council member

next week i will be visiting with MDes students at the harvard university graduate school of design in the risk and resilience program.  i will present an update of the adf relocate project. the bbc london was asking if the residence of kivalina will be the first climate refugees in north america.  see the article by bbc here.

http://www.gsd.harvard.edu/#/academic-programs/master-in-design-studies/risk-and-resilience/index.html

alexandria house site visit

 

 

unalaska, ak 99685

 

alexandria house

this weeks spotlight is on the unalaska based non-profit alexandria house.

the non-profit is providing shelter for homeless people in this community that is accessible only by boat and air service.

here is a link to a new york times article with video from 2009 that explains the situation.

our current plans are to renovate the existing building. we have a residence with dedicated place for visitors and about 1000 sf tenant space on the ground floor.

 

 

 

anchorage community works

anchorage community works

anchorage youngest non-profit the anchorage community works is getting off the ground on ship creek avenue after a successful kickstarter campaign. the goal is to offer a space for any creative work and encourage collaboration across many disciplines. it might also be the location where you can enjoy your favorite band play or sign up for a workshop to get know-how on your topic of choice.

please consider your support by checking out the facility or programs or donate to the campaign (i am sure they will still accept your help, even the kickstarter has ended…)