Design & Build: Aligning Ecology and the Human Habitat
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In this class students will gain hands on learning in both the sourcing and processing of non-commodified natural building materials. Workshops in these fields include: small scale sustainable forestry/tree harvesting, round wood pole peeling and processing, wood/lumber milling, local clay harvesting/processing, material salvaging/upscaling. Students will subsequently apply these materials to the construction of an outdoor learning facility. Through this hands-on immersion students will learn design principles, technical skills, production processes, and gain real world experience in ecological building and site development. Hands-on work will include: round wood post and beam construction, wooden deck construction, cedar and polycarbonate roof installation, cob bench construction, planter bed construction, and earthen plaster application.
Students will be learning onsite at the Cascadia Aquaponic Institute, an Aquaponic farm and education center. The Aquaponic farm is located on an old lumber yard, which serves as an urban ecological restoration site. This site will provide students the ability to take part and learn about urban landscape restoration and aid in the demonstration of ecologically sound development and design.
Each week students will participate in workshops that directly correlate with on-site application. Workshops will focus upon permaculture site assessment, natural building materials and ecological building techniques, and also include Aquaponic farming, fungi fundamentals, and myco-remediation techniques.
Class work will include the creation of student directed site assessment, structural design and construction.
“When I am working on a problem, I never think about beauty........ but when I have finished, if the solution is not beautiful, I know it is wrong.”
― R. Buckminster Fuller
This offering will prepare you for careers and advanced study in:
Class Size: 30
Scheduled for: Day
Final schedule and room assignments:
First meeting:Tuesday, June 25, 2019 - 8:00 am
Located in: Olympia