the artistic possibilities
of designing with nature

Upcoming events

September 24, 2017
Active artists from the surrounding areas are invited to a group critique and barbeque on Sept 24th at 1:00.  Open to all interested artists.  Call 802 875 2194 or email us here to rsvp.
Design and construct the man-made environment to be in harmony with the natural environment.

Current Projects

author: Robert Shannon

This is a project to develop a plan for transforming the typical american suburban landscape.  It involves converting a portion of the land that is now covered in grass into aesthetic, healthy landscapes of botanical and agricultural gardens, designed, maintained, and harvested by community-scaled organizations for the benefit of the homeowners and an ecological future.  The Rescape plan has the potential for several important contributions to contemporary society.  Beyond the advantages of creating a more stimulating local environment, this project proposes an open-source blueprint to transform the land required to grow crops necessary to bolster farming against foreseeable food shortages. There are also intrinsic economically viable business and software development opportunities that could be explored.

Past Projects

author: Robert Shannon

Design, Development, and Deployment of a Cast Wall System of high R value and fire resistance for bearing wall construction.

Preliminary Sketch

Preliminary Sketch

Criteria for cast wall system

Average R value of 40
Maximize recycled material
Minimize energy in production (embedded)
Maximize mass to interior
Allow for steel and concrete infill structure
Potential for multistory bearing walls
Maximize longevity
High fire rating
Waterproof
Channels for wiring
Easing of assembly
Facilitate attachment of other components