We Get a Treehouse at Figment 2011

Sustainable TreehouseMy friend Ben is gearing up to do a great architecture project on Governors Island for Figment 2011 and needs your $$$ now, and probably your sweat later. Ben was smart and made his master’s thesis project for exhibition design into a plan for a viable urban scale art project with community support. Now it’s fundraising time.

The Sustainable TreeHouse brings together the best elements of sustainability of the built environment like reclaimed and living materials plus passive energy sources, with the interactive elements that make Figment so stimulating. I don’t know how much of Ben’s original proposal will make it into the final plans—my favorite is the Scratch N’Sniff VOC wall where you can “Learn about Volatile Organic Compounds by smelling the smells and guessing what it is”—but the treehouse will certainly be both visually exciting and full of inspiring activities. Please join me in throwing a few bucks in the pot to make this happen.

Donate on Kickstarter
Download full proposal PDF

Ben’s last large-scale piece on Governors Island was a chair dragon. How exciting to see a graduation from furniture to architecture!

Image credits: Benjamin Jones, The Sustainable TreeHouse; bridge designs


About Daniela

Daniela Morell holds a Masters in Architectural Science with a concentration in Built Ecologies from Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute's Center for Architecture Science and Ecology in New York City. Her writing, research, and design work is guided by a value system for sustainability that includes both the responsible use of energy and material resources, as well as the social need for design to inspire more ecologically balanced living.
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2 Responses to We Get a Treehouse at Figment 2011

  1. Daniela says:

    P.S. There are AWESOME PRIZES if you donate to this project. Check them out on Kickstarter.

  2. Jessica says:

    This is in addition to the City of Dreams Pavilion, so there will be 2 architectural projects on the island this year. Exciting. 🙂
    Check it out here: http://newyork.figmentproject.org/opportunities/call-for-proposals-city-of-dreams-pavilion/

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