Stephanie Smith presents a collection of her work from the last two years while focusing on the topics of resource sharing, communal living, and her inspiration from indigenous building practices. She documents two projects in detail. The first is the “Yurt,” a portable, bent wood framed dwelling structure constructed in the Philippines and later marketed to high-end hotels. The next project is the “Ecovillage,” in which Smith explores the relationship between architecture and money while developing a strategy for communal living in existing suburban structures.
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Smith presents “Ecovillage,” a kit with four pieces. It is left up to the user to decide how the pieces go together to form a larger communal structure. The first test case for this project will be built in Nicaragua. Next, Smith introduces a project titled “Wanna Start a Commune?” She identifies the next generation of sustainable practices as resource sharing. Expanding on the concept of resource sharing, Smith proposes to turn suburban cul-de-sacs into communes. She identifies the cul-de-sac as the most realistic existing model for conversion to a resource sharing organization.
Rosemarie Haag Bletter reviews the development of anti-urban attitudes post-World War I, which were affiliated with the rise of expressionism. She describes movements promoting the abandonment of cities in favor of smaller communes.
Shelly Kappe introduces Sheila de Bretteville. De Bretteville discusses the work of designers and architects such as Eileen Gray, Catherine Beecher, Susana Torre, Mother Ann Lee of the Shakers, and Alice Constance Austin, commenting on the different values of men and women.
Sheila de Bretteville compares communication design, object design, building design, and environment design. De Bretteville also addresses the issue of the symbolic nature of form. She discusses rational form’s relationship to public space and emotional form’s relationship to private space.