April 27, 2012

Hands On Inspiration

This is the kind of story that fuels my soul. Working with your hands offers connection the process’ of life, that we often overlook in our fast paced society. Taking time and the focus required to experience the creation of things, whether a handmade loaf of bread, or hand-built environment. The Training and Education Center (CTEC) is a teaching tool for at-risk youth in Delaware. Participation in this program creates opportunity for people from all walks of life to come together with a common goal, and provide mentorship. ‘This ‘ruff-hewn’ building is rising at a very slow pace. No worries, the act of building and not the building itself is in fact the point’.  “It may take them a little longer because they’re learning, but the detail on what they do is actually fabulous…and students are brought in to see how an official licensing review works”.

Reclaimed wood is donated, and creates a variety of texture and color. “The process of preparing the panels was like an old-school handwriting exercise, in that repetition gave way to interpretation, with the students’ handiwork giving the project an unexpected quilt-like quality. Back inside, deconstructed redwood pickle barrels serve as tables and sit atop block endgrain flooring that the students made of fir”. When eventually completed, the facility will include a green roof and solar panels. The building already utilizes reclaimed materials and features one of Wilmington’s first geothermal heating systems. When eventually completed, the facility will include a green roof and solar panels. The building already utilizes reclaimed materials and features one of Wilmington’s first geothermal heating systems”.


‘CTEC is the first project by the four KieranTimberlake alumni who are now the principals at Digsau. And while Digsau has other projects built or well under way, CTEC moves at its own, organic pace. The design and master plan allows for repetitive tasks and improvisation. “We knew from the beginning what they didn’t need was standard construct documents,” said Goldstein. “We knew that the design would evolve, using the resources that became available.”
Images and excerpts sourced at the architects newspaper

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