United Nations Harmony with Nature

UN invites Architecture professor to help shape ‘rights of nature’

“Moore is one of two Americans among 12 global experts in art, media, design, and architecture asked to contribute to the UN’s first “Experts’ Summary Report on Harmony with Nature Addressing Earth Jurisprudence,” which was presented to the UN’s Division for Sustainable Development recently.”


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


Ice time and tourists

The Mendenhall Glacier Visitors Center was completed in 1962. Since then, the Mendenhall Glacier has retreated nearly 1.75 miles, leaving a large lake between the vistors center and the nearest edge of the glacier. In this studio, students were asked to work in small groups to propose designs for a new visitors center based on principles of glaciology, climate science, and landform building. University of Oregon Department of Architecture, 2016.

Ice, Time, and Tourists Student Work (PDF)

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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.

TKE Sleeping Cabin

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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.

Equilibrium Pavilion, Tokyo

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“Architecture Assistant Professor Erin Moore was one of 8 architects invited to design a mobile pavilion in a two-day design competition at the Kengo Kuma Lab at the University of Tokyo. Moore and her team (students Iosif Dakaronias-Marina from the Architectural Association and Jenny Kan and Shin Yeonsang from the University of Tokyo) were awarded the design prize “Material Equilibrium” for their pavilion that used a spiral of thatch to capture and shed water and carbon for mobile dwellin and long-term material cycling.”

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