Lines, Pipelines, and the Contested Space of Fossil Fuel Transport in the Pacific Northwest


Student work from the University of Oregon Department of Architecture design studio “Lines, Pipelines, and the Contested Space of Fossil Fuel Transport in the Pacific Northwest” is featured in an article by Eric de Place at the Siteline Institute. The students’ work is also published and available to view as a PDF or to purchase as a book HERE. Student work: Susanna Davy, 2016. The top drawing shows the route of coal that is extracted in the North American interior and shipped by train to Pacific ports for export to Asia. The bottom drawing includes a tube that aspirates coal dust from the Pacific East to the Pacific West. Points of resistance marked on the map are carried down to indicate pinch points on the tube.


Translations from Model to Building

Kipuka Makai in its nearly-built form is looking a lot like the process models. For comparison: 1) 3D printed model from the digital model, 2) an early sketch model, and 3) a construction site snapshot. Kipuka Makai is a pavilion on the island of Maui that is designed to amplify the ecological and geological richness of the upland site while tempering the climate and rocky terrain for visitors. Pavilion design: FLOAT Architectural Research and Design (Erin Moore); Structural and fabrication design: Mark Donofrio.

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UN Harmony with Nature Initiative

Many thanks to University of Oregon architecture and environmental studies students who contributed rich ideas in support of the United Nations Harmony with Nature Initiative. My own response to questions about what it would mean to practice architecture from an Earth Jurisprudence perspective is here. Responses from others in design disciplines are hereIMG_4915


With Avantika Bawa at Pacific Sky


Artist Avantika Bawa uses conventions of architectural drawing (in lines and planes that define masses and voids) to transform gallery space. I called on my own collaborative work in material chemistry to respond to her work in writing–Three types of architectural space explained–as part of this installation at the Pacific Sky Exhibitions.

Borrow Stools

000 borrow stools diagram screenFLOAT’s Borrow Stools are designed to be split and burned. With their matchstick legs and accompanying axe, the stools are meant to connect the everyday experience of wood with global carbon cycling—from photosynthesis in forests to carbon sequestration in wood products, to carbon emissions from combustion. The Borrow Stools take on the beauty, function and danger of that bound-up carbon and energy. Design: Erin Moore/FLOAT architectural research and design.