My 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.
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