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.
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 [...]
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, [...]
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 [...]
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 [...]
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 [...]
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 [...]
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. [...]