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This post has little to do with our project. I’m planning to take a few new photos today when I go check on things at the site and will put them up soon, but in the mean time, here’s something you should check out.

I’ve read about Samuel Mockbee and his Rural Studio, part of Auburn University, a number of times. A documentary about the late Mockbee’s work and program–Citizen Architect–had been on our Netflix list, and last night K and I watched the movie. Amazing. Inspiring. Human.

Rural Studio architecture students design and build housing for people living in Hale County, Alabama. The materials they use are recycled or donated. It’s clear from the buildings that there’s an impressive level of creativity, yet the homes are designed for the way the people they’re designed for actually live.

If you’ve been touched by poverty, or spent much time in areas where poverty is as rampant as it is in Hale County, I think the movie will be especially moving. And if you haven’t, I still think you’ll be impressed and affected.

Here’s a video clip of some of Mockbee’s work. This isn’t from Citizen Architect, but gives a flavor of the program.

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A week or so ago I posted a short entry about the architect Rick Joy.¬†Another architecture firm whose work I go gaga for is Bohlin Cywinski Jackson. Of the architecture books I own, hands down the most tattered and well-browsed are two by BCJ–Arcadian Architecture and The Nature of Circumstance.

Arcadian is entirely residential work, while Circumstance has a mixture of residential and commercial work. Their portfolio ranges from small guest houses to Apple stores to Bill Gates’ estate. In pictures anyway Gates’ guest house goes down as one of my all-time favorites. K and I have also spent a lot of time looking at the details from “Point House.” Crazy stuff.

Matt, our architect, turned us on to the work of this firm. Their attention to detail is, as the kids might say, off the hook. Their use of reveals, the thought that goes into how surfaces join, the scale of their design. Amazing. The pictures Matt showed us was really the first time we had seen the use of so much board formed concrete–something we obviously picked up for our design.

Anyway, I came across the below video at the same time I stumbled by Rick Joy’s. Inspiring.