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.


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


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.

TKE Sleeping Cabin

sleeping cabin intsleeping cabin under construction

The TKE Sleeping Cabin is made from a single layer of locally logged and milled tongue-in-groove hemlock. It is anchored to the ground—to layers of forest humus and glacial clay—with pins. The bottom line is that the massive timber in the walls and floor are sequestering carbon dioxide equivalent to that emitted by generating energy for a more conventional home for year. The longer story is that the owners did a very careful job choosing someone to selectively harvest this wood from a standing forest and a surgical anchoring of the cabin in the forest without permanent scaring from excavation or concrete. FLOAT can take credit for material and schematic design. Schematic design: Erin Moore/FLOAT architectural research and design; Construction detailing: Frank Moore. Completed June 2013.