Our highlight during studio on Monday of last week was to have the opportunity to engage in a fascinating conversation with the invited guest lecturer of the day, Eva Franch. Eva is a Catalan architect, researcher, teacher and founder of OOAA [Office of Architectural Affairs]. She is currently the director of Storefront for Art and Architecture in New York City and has come to UVA not only to share her research with our school but also to provide a refreshing perspective on our current studio project (as well as to other student work throughout the school).
Later that week, we sat down with Peter Van Der Linde from Van der Linde Recycling in Troy, Virginia to discuss some of his company’s operations. In a nutshell, the company separates and recycles both construction and demolition debris as well as household garbage and trash of every description, making this an exemplary and revolutionalry facility.
We are also continuing our field visits to several production facilities in an attempt to document the different operations and fabrication methods that take place in Virginia. This past week Kelly was able to organize a visit to Woodfuels VA in the town of Louisa. According to their website, they are Virginia’s largest chip production & wood pellet manufacturing facility. So you can imagine how excited we were to be able to obtain product ‘samples’ and some of their discarded items from the production process.
We also visited Funk Brothers Furniture, Columbia Forest Products and a Thomasville Furniture Plant that is closing before the end of the year and were able to successfully collect production pieces that will be part of our upcoming exhibition.
But getting back to our studio project and as the tasks start to unfold among our studio chiefs, Sophia and I continue to work on our (what has now evolved into a three-dimensional) flow diagram that will represent part of the research that we have gathered pertaining to wood cycles and processes. This is a sneak peek at an updated 2D diagram before it evolves into it’s next stage…