“The emptiness of affluence annoys him.” (in talking about McMansions and all the empty, unused space they contain)
Mostly for the alliteration but also for the message. This statement connects to the last article we read as well as ideas the materials group wishes to pursue. We discussed using materials we could find around the area, for example from the habitat for humanity restore or from lumber manufacturers’ scraps, to build in a cost effective way while also giving the building some character. Using recycled materials will help to make our final object ‘sing’ of the process used to create it. While the materials themselves might be silent, a house-turned-business made up of multiple reused materials will say something. Also, our interaction with members of the community in coming up with ideas about program and creating a design grounds the project in the neighborhood and helps protect against the emptiness that can occur when something is placed in a community which does not belong.
Also, here are a few interesting links I found related to partition wall systems (and the restore), if we’re still interested.