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NEWS: New building workshop this summer in South Dakota
by Katy Purviance on 04/09/10 @ 08:29:14 pm
Categories: News | 294 words | 1107 views

I just learned about architect Paul Neseth’s great idea.

It’s pretty much what I’ve been saying.

Architecture students NEED to get outside and actually BUILD something instead of being cooped up in studio staring at their computers all day.

So Paul’s holding a workshop July 26th through August 6th in the beautiful Black Hills of South Dakota.

The Abode workshop will be an intimate and unfiltered exploration into all aspects of the architectural process. Our focus is to understand the broad range of characteristics related to people, place and material assets that inform the appropriateness of design. The RAW experience will exercise your observation skills and intuitive insight, enabling you to better understand these characteristics when you design. We will then trade sketchbooks and drafting pencils for toolbelts and translate this knowledge into thoughtful and efficient construction.

We are packing a lot of experience and learning into two short weeks. During the workshop we will stimulate our minds and bodies rock climbing and mountain biking within the Black Hills area. We will explore features of the pristine RAW Dakota site on foot, horse and bike and learn about the site’s history through lectures and tours by area experts.

We will design and build beginning the first day, starting with small projects that get you warmed up. After site orientation and meetings with the client, we will begin the work of designing and building sleeping structures, the first built structures on the site, using the principles of sustainable design and construction.

A detailed description and schedule will be sent out before the start of the workshop.

Real Architecture Workshop

I’m estatic. My wedding is in July, so I’m not sure yet if I’ll be able to go. But you should definately look into it!

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places where you could probably learn more about designing and building in just a few days than I did after a year of grad school

Know of some others I can add here? Let me know. Have you already visited some of these places...or planning on it? Let me know and I will feature your story and your photos here!

I am starting a new kind of architecture school. Unlike most architecture schools, you wouldn't have to submit GRE scores or good grades or letters of recommendation. You wouldn't have to put the rest of your life on hold for 3 to 5 years. You wouldn't have to accrue tens of thousands of dollars in debt. At my architecture school, anyone could come for a few weeks and learn how to build a house with their own two hands. My teachers would take skills and concepts from some of these other workshops I've listed above... except classes would be held year-round to make it easy to fit into your schedule. I would have a number of different campuses around the country that would teach building designs appropriate to the local climate. And I need your help. Can you donate land for a campus? Can you dotate books for a library? Can you teach a workshop? Can you provide start-up capital? Let me know.

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