Rural Studio - Design London Monday, September 27, 2010 | Phillips

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  • Exhibited

    1:1 – Architects Build Small Spaces, Victoria and Albert Museum, London, 15 June–30 August 2010

  • Literature

    Abraham Thomas, 1:1 – Architects Build Small Spaces, exh. cat., Victoria and Albert Museum, London, 2010, pp. 5, 34 and 35

  • Catalogue Essay

    Rural Studio is an architectural education programme dedicated to
    building affordable housing for poor rural communities in Western
    Alabama. For 17 years, its mission has been to reinforce the pride
    of place and spirit that still exists in these fragile societies. As part
    of Auburn University, it also offers practical design and building
    experience for architecture students.
    The ‘Woodshed’ is a noble, utilitarian structure constructed
    using forest ‘thinnings’ sourced from Wales. Thinning is a
    forest management practice in which small, constricted trees are
    removed to allow others to thrive. Costing as little as £2 per metric
    tonne, thinnings provide a plentiful, renewable, affordable – and
    underutilised – source of construction material.
    The word ‘woodshed’ is also a verb. It is an improvisation term used
    in jazz music meaning to improve one’s technical ability through
    focus, diligence and repetition – a sentiment echoed in the modular,
    extendible nature of Rural Studio’s ‘Woodshed’.
    Abraham Thomas, Curator of Designs, Victoria and Albert Museum, London



Charred wood thinnings, metal rods, wall lights.
483.7 × 744.8 × 230.5 cm (190 7/8 × 293 1/4 × 90 3/4 in)
For the 1:1 Architects Build Small Spaces Exhibition, Victoria & Albert Museum, London.

£10,000 - 15,000 


28 September 2010