The Ribbon is a camping structure implementing shade and storage components, sliding door, and beautiful balau louvres woven through the structure. It was made for the Lama Foundation, a non-profit educational retreat center near Taos, NM. The camping structure provides a useful space for the foundation’s stewards to camp on for extended periods of time. The Design-Build course was five weeks long: two weeks of collaborative design and tool and supply assembly; three weeks doing onsite work in New Mexico, including site work and landscaping, foundation work, framing, and details and finishing touches. The course had 11 students which were split into two groups, each creating and building one camping structure.
Favorite parts of the process:
-working collaboratively in design phase and seeing our various ideas meld into one
-seeing the construction process from foundation to final touches
-learning hand and machine tool use and basic construction concepts (joinery, etc)
-working through conflict - understanding multiple perspectives to make an informed decision about project trajectory
-creating and implementing final touches, like wooden hooks from found wood on site
All photos by Stephen Cardinale