The third, by Roberto Frangella, has its own brilliance -- brought from Buenos Aires (where Frangella lives) when de Brea returned from her holiday visit home, the "house" is made simply, of six painted stiff pieces of paper held together with an array of bulldog clips. Simple, beautiful, handmade, inexpensive ... as much as any piece, Frangella's "El Habitat Minimo" captures the spirit explored and dimensionalized in "small architecture BIG LANDSCAPES."
Architect, artist, community activist
Buenos Aires, Argentina
"El Habitat Minimo" 2010
"Art helps reflect on real situations of life. I pay attention to the way many people live in the suburbs of the province of Buenos Aires. I imagine people leaving their homes in the morning and walking unpaved roads crossing abandoned sites, seeing small houses always under construction, a precarious football field, water coming from a hole, seeing that old cart horse, a few people riding bikes, the street dogs. All that happening during very hot summers or very cold winters. It is a life of effort and sacrifice that many people live in order to give their children a future. In our poorest neighborhoods, the bravest people are found, those whose lives yield an example of perseverance and continuous work. These people are the focus of my art, the heroes of my illusions. Through my drawings they are the most important men and women of Argentina. At least for just this time."
Architects (Shimizu + Coggeshall), architecture professors (Ball State University)
"Urban tree removal becomes necessary when a previous asset becomes a liability, but it is an unnecessary expense. While municipalities face an increasing demand for tree removal, rising labor and transportation costs, landfill fees, and lost opportunity costs (money not spend elsewhere), there is an alternative to this financial and environmental burden. With managed stewardship, cost recovery could be achieved by harvesting trees while they have value. By maintaining an arboreal diversity that preserves street aesthetic and function yet responds to the possible future uses, new infrastructure could supply a flexible demand for this resource. What started as an idea about recycling street trees has transformed into a larger vision of the inter-connected management of urban forests. We liken a cabinet built from salvaged timber to a new quilt made from small and varied pieces: an aesthetic that celebrates what might come our way and transforms a liability back into an asset."
Salvaged wood: Yellow Pine, Red Eucalyptus, Douglas Fir, + Spalted Birch for cabinet skin
Plywood, medium density fiberboard, acrylic, chipboard, + basswood
Architect, professor (Ball State University), artist
Muncie, Indiana & Buenos Aires, Argentina
100% recycled plastic bags and bottle caps