Join the West Virginia Botanic Garden for an outdoor event. I will be leading a drawing workshop in May and have more information soon. Visit the WVBG’s event page to find out about their monthly offerings.
Join the West Virginia Botanic Garden for two drawing workshops this summer. The first is Sunday morning, May 19th, from 10am – 1. I’ll be leading the drawing workshop on Wednesday, May 29th from 5:30pm – 8.
Visit the WVBG’s event page for more information.
The West Virginia Botanic Garden is offering a Visual Arts Workshop Series titled Arts in the Garden. It begins this Saturday. You must sign-up to make sure a spot is saved for you.
Download the flyer and spread it around town: WVBG.CAGFlyer.2019
This building will be a point of focus in the drawing workshop I offer in May at the West Virginia Botanic Garden. The project to reconstruct WVU’s Solar Decathlon House at the garden was completed a few years ago.
The WVU Solar Decathlon 2013 House that is now the Welcome Center at the WVBG.
I will be hosting a drawing workshop this May at the West Virginia Botanic Garden. Search the other creative workshops this spring on the WVBG site. I am letting these opportunities be a lesson. Find inspiration in whatever you do, grab onto it and let it grow.
I am fortunate to have been offered a teaching position at Fairmont State University last fall.
Live the life you want to be living, and this will become your life. As I wanted to become a better architect, draw more, and allow creativity into my daily practice, I found this opportunity to grow through academia. This semester I am teaching both freshman and seniors, who in four years have different expectations of their work. They approach the work of creativity by different means. Freshmen are getting comfortable starting a process, of drawing for example, without knowing what the end result may be. Seniors may be expecting something of their project result, and may want to reach the end too quickly to be able to present a final project during critique.
It makes me wonder about the profession as a whole, teaching students of architecture to work in a profession that doesn’t lend itself to much exploration through the process. The idea of architectural service is becoming more engaged in the voice of a large community. Architects are more collaborator than singular practitioners. Where does this taught ability of exploration find itself in the professional world? As an architect who has been managing large projects for the last few years, my role in the office has become one of a coordinator, and not a person who produces the work directly by drawing. I engage others to draw, explore, and build the set we will use to bid and construct the project. Collaboration means that a lot of time is spent emailing to remind consultants, calling the owner to keep the lines of communication clear, organizing and hosting 5-hour long phone calls so that all of the designers (interior, graphic, landscape, mechanical, electrical, plumbing, energy consultants, etc.) may be listening to one another in order to work together. It is not the work I was doing to get my degree. In a communities’ mind, the value of an architect has shifted. While we have an understanding of code compliancy and structural limits, the value of providing a built aesthetic is waining.
As my position of being an architect changes, new opportunities present themselves. Instead of only offering a service as an architect, my perceived abilities now include teaching architecture. How lucky am I to get back to the source of my interest? My research process includes reading, writing, and drawing. To share this with people of different perspectives is a joy. In the next week I will be discussing Smart Cities with the senior students of Fairmont State University. This is in response to Architect magazine’s article here. What is a Smart City to you? Does it include more or less of the available technology we have today?
The process of finding that architecture school teaches a student is a valuable life lesson.
Print your own to share: 2018 Mayfield Poster 2018-09-11
Living, Eating, Sleeping, Cleaning, Working:
This is what we are doing in our homes and work places.
Over the past few year I have come closer to defining my work, and the impact with my career as it relates to what I believe in the overall well-being of myself, those who are close to me, and the world. As an architect I believe that I have an opportunity to help people evaluate their current life situations and suggest a different way that they may use their space or acquire a new place.
I promote using what you own, and self-sufficiency. In our Green-saturated world of products, if you build new, I promote using those items for your own health-sake and to abide by nature’s given sequence.
Below is an Interiors Matrix that I have developed in hopes to allow people who want to afford products that are local, good to breathe around, and sturdy, the ability to do so.
Aluminum Floor Tile Eco Friendy Flooring, Madison WI
Altro Healthcare Flooring
CentreMills Antique Floors
Conklin’s Vintage Wood – NE Pa
Aged Wood Antique Flooring in York PA
Sylvan Brandt Reclaimed Wood PA
The Woods Company PA
Goodwin Heart Pine Micanopy, FL
Fritz Tile Texas
Stone Eco Friendy Flooring, Madison WI
Eco-Terr Slab / Tile Floors
Cork Click by Natural Cork Artemis
Lascaux Tile – Decoritive
Forbo Marmoleum Stout Carpet Mt. Lebannon 412 563 5600
Forbo Marmoleum Click 1’x3’ Artemis
Forbo Marmoleum Click 1’x1’ Artemis
Forbo Marmoleum Sheet Artemis
Forbo Composition Tile 13”x13” Artemis
Earth Weave Carpet Dalton, Georgia
Interface Carpet Tile InterfaceFlor
Flexco Flextuft (rubber tile best outdoor apl.) Bennet
Flexco Tuflex (rubber tile best outdoor apl.) Bennet
Cast Basalt Tile Artemis
4 x 8 x 1 particle, Recycled Wheat /Straw Plywood
Dragon Fly Bamboo Flooring
Nice Flooring Website – Amtico
Mapei Floor Sealer
AFM Safecoat Stains / Sealers
Stained Concrete Radiant Floors 15622 zip
Heated & Chilled Raised Floors by Lindner
Armstrong Standard Excelon VCT
Shaw Carpet, Anso Nylon
Stained Wood Base 5 ½”
Lewislp Reclaimed Trim in Picture Rocks, Pa
Johnsonite Contour Base
Mdf Base Sierra Pine
Roppe Eco Effects
Stock Pine 9/16” x 4 ½”
American Clay Artemis & EcoSupply
Trove Wallpaper & Printed Wood Veneer
Altro Healthcare Wall Surface
Wall Coverng by Grahm Brown www.grahambrown.com
Carnegie xorele (sustainable wallcovering)
Grass Cloth (asian grasses)
Ppg Primer & 2 Finish coats
Farrow Ball http://www.farrow-ball.com
BioShield Paint www.biosieldpaint.com
Tabrasa Low VOC Dry Erase Paint
Green Series Caulk www.greenseries.com
Red Devil Caulk www.reddevil.com
Modular Arts Wall Panels
3 Form – Translucent Panels / Partitions
Recycled Glass Tile Eco Friendy Flooring, Madison WI
Ellen Blakeley NJ, manuf. Where?
Aluminum Floor Tile Eco Friendy Flooring, Madison WI
Walker Zanger Tile
Colored Stainless Steel email@example.com
NovaCork 4’x8’ sheet Bennet Supply
Design Wall 4’x8’ sheet Bennet Supply
Burlap 4’x8’ sheet Bennet Supply
Nyloboard (rec.cpt) Artemis
3/4″, 5/8″, 3/8″ X 4 X 8 sheets and beadboard
Used for outdoor app. garage doors, rainscreens & pergolas.
Plyboo, Plywood & Sheet Goods Artemis
Kirei, Sorghum Board, Coconut Panels Artemis
Sunflower Seed Board, Wheatboard Artemis
Wedi Board for shower 3’x3’ Artemis
Kliptec Exterior Surfaces
Nichiha Exterior Panels
Fresh face on Concrete Panels
Standing Seam Metal Roof & Exterior Walls
www.haarchitects.com Light-in in brick ties
2 x 6 Stud, GWB, Batt insulation
Zip System by Huber Engineered Woods
Cement Siding James Hardie Bldg. Supply
Fiber Cement Board
Green Screen Plant Trellis
Solarbord osb w/ reflective foil – Roof / wall Sheating
DenShield Moisture resistant by Georgia Pacific for Tile Backer
Weka – Wool insulation through Artemis
Ultra Touch Cotton Gray Group, Altoona Pa 814.949.0371
Greensulate by Ecovative Design
Cell Pak Blow in Insulation KY
Green Fiber Loose Fill Insulation
Icynene Spray Foam formaldehyde-free
Stains & Finishes –
AFM Safecoat paint and Caulking www.aftmsafecoat.com
Quartz Lock Grout at Dal-Tile Pittsburgh #169 412 787 2040
Studs & Gwb with Paint
Casework & Work Surface –
Gouldsberry Cabinet Shop Middle Grave Crk Moundsville, WV 26041 (304) 845-3466
Subterra Cork EcoSupply
Paperstone -1”std Artemis
ShetkaSTONE www.shetkastone.com in Le Center, MN
Cement based w/ recycled content:
Epoxy/Resin based w/ recycled content:
EnviroGlass in Plano Texas
Sand Hill Industries Recycled Glass in Idaho
Silestone – eased edge – Distributor Vangura, 81 miles, pa
Sierra Pine MDF – Fmld.free ½” 4’x8’ sheet Beth B @ Bennet
Sierra Pine MDF – Fmld.free ¾” 4’x8’ sheet Beth B @ Bennet
Cambria Quartz Countertop – at Famous and Lowes
Quartz Countertop, Eco by Conentino – made of 75% recycled material and bound by corn oil resin
At Famous Supply & Shuttler
Eco-Terr Slab countertop
Eco-Cem Panel For cabinetry face
Staron Solid Surface – Acrylic solid surface with recycled content. Found at Home Depot.
Holiday Kitchens – Wisconsin Cabinet company
Doors / Frames and Hardware –
Handmade Cabinetry Knobs Artemis
Eleek Door Handles / Pulls / Switchplates
EcoBuilt Garage Doors by www.overheaddoor.com
Larson Juhl Photo Frames
Acoustic Plaster System Pyrok Inc, NY
2 x 2 Jute ACT by Armstrong
Heated & Chilled Metal Ceilings
Sustainably Harvested / Repurposed Wood Plank Ceiling
Conklin’s Beams – Vintage Wood – NE Pa
Arch.emporium, Adams Ave. in Cannonsburg Pa
Construction Junction, Lexington Ave., Pittsburgh
Who’s New 5156 Butler StreetPittsburgh, PA who-new.com
Mattresses & Linens
Sage in Design Furniture
Some Sustainable Furniture from All Steel
davisfurniture.com from rep Lisa Tomasovich
tuohyfurniture.com from rep Lisa Tomasovich
Bernhardt – at Macys and Today’s Home in Pittsburgh
Organic Towels bedside manor
Furniture by Lee
Whirlpool Energy Star Dryer
Amish wash tumble
Fabric / Curtains / Shades –
Exterior Designer Shades
Mecho Shade (Interior / Exterior)
Lutron (Interior / Exterior)
Earth Shade www.earthshade.com
Arc-Com Fabrics Artemis
Brentano Fabrics Artemis
Solucent Exterior Shades by Cambridge Architectural
Dressage and Strata by Conrad UV Shades of Natural Fibers
Fabric by Distinctly Duralee
Eleek Sconces, Ceiling, Table & Floor Artemis
Charles Loomis Lighting Cabin
Exterior – Sternberg Lighting
Insight Lighting – Compact-5 Hanging Fluorescent and EX-5 Linear Fluorescent
Lumicor Recycled content
Clean Grey Water System by Hansgrohe
Black Water by WET
Sinks by Eleek Artemis
James Hardie rain Cistern
Hybrid Energy Touchless Faucet by Kohler
Energy Usage & Equipment –
Solar Hot Water
Solar Attic Fan Artemis
Climate Master Geothermal
Solar Thermal System (Solar Hot water heating) by Apricus
Misc. Finishes –
Masland silk carpets Artemis
AFM Safecoat Paint Artemis
AFM Naturals line of oil wax Artemis
Sealent – OSI Green series Artemis
Osmo OIl wax (atl. to stain) Artemis
Upcycled Accessories by Mothology
Rugs by Roubini
Home Decorators – Rugs
Serious Logic Window Systems
Metal Galvalume roofing
Semper Green Green Roof
Carlisle Roof Gardnes
Soil Retention Plantable Concrete Systems
Recycled Plastic Lumber for Planters/ outdoor furniture
I believe in quality over quantity. There are many products that are competitive to other non-sustainable products in price, and I think in the long run that if the price of things drive us to act or not, then we should evaluate our values again. If something is too expensive then it is probably not necessary, in our country, in America. When we buy cheap products, cheap food, cheap clothes, too much too often, it is always at the cost of something!
~ Conceptual Work with the Online Green Design Team below~
Other recent products I’ve found:
Upcycled Accessories by Mothology.
Furniture made by artisans at McGuire in San Francisco.
Furniture by Bernhardt at Macys and Today’s Home in Pittsburgh.
Bath Mat of handwoven vetiver root fibers by Gaiam.
Ever Heard of Affordable Comfort?
Look into Deep Energy Reductions and Thousand Home Challenge for more on affordable comfort!
My contact is Linda Wiggington, who is the founder, though her main work now is on 2 initiatives: “Deep Energy Reductions” and “Thousand Home Challenge” listed on this page here.
This week WVU will be hosting the Writers’ Workshop. Enjoy a lecture open to the community!
David Culp spends an early Thursday afternoon touring friends around his home 2 acres, the layered garden he has hand-planted in the forest. He says, the house is the best ornament of the garden. It’s a 1790 home on a hillside. In October’s change of season the locus drops its yellow color, filling the wind with flat worn darts. Broken antique tulips from the 1800’s are buried below the surface, in the spring the gravel drive fills with red poppies. Outdoor rooms surround and open the house below the 100-year-old Virginia Spruce. He has a black and white garden, bonsai trees growing in hollowed logs, a winter garden, and a full summer one waiting to go to sleep. He borders the wilderness, and as the land falls away from him, he offers it to the natural garden, mother earth.
At Winterthur there are a pallet of materials that you will find in the garden. Jeff is in charge of the garden objects. We too are among the big forest trees, small in their tall cathedral. Gardens may be for education, for health, none of us tire at being outside among the blooms for four days. We walk near the 8 acres of azalea woods, then into the stone circles surrounding meadow trees. Color moved through the outdoors, and in the children’s garden the stone bench sunk into the mortar, the roof thatched by the in-house Thatcher.
At Chanticleer every gardener had the winter project of making. Cherry wood soft to the touch led us through the pathways and sunk into the ground to welcome the boundaries making places. Out door rooms just 25′ by 24′ have arbors, stairs to the guest room, and floating flowers in the still water urn. On Fridays, guests are welcome for picnics. Water fountains drain to trickle troughs and the reflective surface of the ruin dining room table is one large coffin. A roof has collapsed, this is Emma’s garden where acorns have embed themselves in granite books, floating faces gasp at the surface of the black basin.
Water is managed everywhere, at the Morris Arboretum it is held in cisterns below recycled metal green roofs, circuited beneath the porous walkways and directed from the large asphalt lots. The old estate now has showers, horticulturists, classrooms, designers, equipment sheds, mulchers, one place to locate everything you may need.
Mt. Cuba shared the native piedmont plants and the sound of us walking around on the gravel to end our trip. This garden was most similar to what the West Virginia Botanic garden is, the managed meadow with a few grasses, and small seedlings at the edge. The Walden pond, dyed black to improve the reflectivity of tourists, fall balls of the bursting heart, and coupled benches. It is an all of a sudden reflectivity, complete at the edge with pitcher plants. ‘What did nature put here? What did people put here?’ – Hough