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Excavate, Extract, Create

This project seeks to create an alternative architecture school network that integrates with the local community to rethink our relationship with resources through the act of making and waste management. Through the use of local resources and waste, the school fortifies the economy of the community. The current state of the surrounding towns of the reservoir lacks access to resources for everyday needs. However, the town itself is rich in resources such as agricultural production. Additionally, the waste produced adds to the list of resources instead of going to a recycling center outside of the community or a landfill. In this exercise, the community and students are asked to rethink their relationship with material resources. They are asked to rethink a materials life cycle starting from excavation, extraction, and the creation of the product. The language of excavation, extraction, and creation is also repeated throughout the architecture. The materials used for construction also retain accessibility as one of its key points. The toolkits developed include bins spread throughout the area, storage units, an accessible pathway for the trail, rest points, maker space compound, a gathering area, and a housing compound.