Tropical Fruits, Coffee, and Sawdust – El Colibri!

Feb 05, 2014 Comments Off by

The final product of the Build Lightly Costa Rica pilot project. El Colibri: 9 people, 7 days, $3200 budget, and over 600 cups of coffee to make a 200 SF addition at Finca Antigua.

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Costa Rica – Here we come!

Jan 09, 2014 No Comments by

Build Lightly Costa Rica Pilot Project: follow a team of nine volunteers to Turrialba, Costa Rica for a one week Design/Build adventure January 19th – 26th, 2014.

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AVL DesignBuild Studio – the 13 Bones Bridge

Nov 15, 2013 No Comments by

Check out some photos from the completed AVL DesignBuild Studio 2013 project: The 13 Bones Bridge. Build Lightly instructor Miriam Gee and Asheville Design Center instructor Luke Perry lead a team of ten students to design, permit, and construct a multi-modal bridge; it will be a part of the future Wilma Dykeman Greenway along the [...]

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Asheville DesignBuild Studio – the Summer Footbridge begins!

Jun 06, 2013 Comments Off

Build Lightly instructor Miriam Gee is teaching alongside Asheville Design Center (ADC) instructor Luke W. Perry in a ten week long, six unit course, designing and building a footbridge in the River Arts District in Asheville, NC. We have ten students from South Carolina, North Carolina, Virginia, Indiana, and Taiwan. Skill sets range from woodworking, [...]

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Update: Costa Rica Workshop Postponed

May 01, 2013 Comments Off

Due to an insufficient number of paid participants, the Build Lightly Costa Rica Workshop has been POSTPONED until further notice. We were really looking forward to the construction possibilities in Costa Rica with Finca Antigua and their Sustainable Learning Center and Casa. We’ll keep you informed via the blog, and reschedule for winter break or [...]

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RAW in Oaxaca, Real Architecture Workshop

Mar 18, 2013 No Comments

Dirty fingernails, concrete-caked shoes, ripped shirts, dusty straw hats, and suntanned shoulders – all good signs of a RAW-xacan (RAW + Oaxacan, pronounced “Raw-hawken”) leaving the job site for the day. My name’s Miriam Gee and I’m an architect, aspiring design-builder, and teacher. I just got back from the week-long RAW Oaxaca workshop led by Paul Neseth of [...]

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CoXist Studio – Urban Design Build by UH

Mar 01, 2013 No Comments

Archawai’i students have got a fever, and the only prescription is design-build! Professor Jason Selley (Co-founder of Build Lightly) taught the Urban Design-Build Studio in Fall 2012 through the University of Hawaii at Manoa. The students worked in teams from design, demolition, cleanup, painting, and fabricating with the CNC machine. This year’s project was a [...]

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Attention Potential Clients – Build Lightly MX in Summer 2013

Oct 17, 2012 No Comments

Build Lightly Studio is looking for our next client and project, could it be you? Stay tuned for details on our ARCH 415 design/build studio, Summer 2013, study abroad in Mexico!

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Best MOMA Exhibit EVER: Small Scale, Big Change

Apr 17, 2012 No Comments

Okay, okay… so maybe you’ve had enough already, but I just can’t get enough of the 2011 exhibit at the MOMA in NYC titled “Small Scale, Big Change.”  This exhibit hosted Rural Studios work, handmade architecture in Burkina Faso and Bangladesh to urban scale projects in Venezuela!  Take a look, I promise it’s worth every [...]

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BaSiC Initiative – Portland State and University of Texas Team Up!

Apr 02, 2012 No Comments

Howdy Build Lightly readers – Check out this ongoing collaboration of student-led social design/build projects between Portland State and UT Austin, called BaSiC Initiative.  Let’s hear more about them from their website: The BaSiC Initiative is a collaboration of faculty and students from Portland State University and University of Texas at Austin, School of Architecture. [...]

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