Model building is an utterly satisfying pastime. This one, for the corn crib, is one of the largest scale models I’ve made and requires extensive use of jigs and guides. Most of all, it’s the first one I’ve made for myself since college.

Still in progress, but that’s really the point of doing something like this. The structure begins to reveal itself, as do the spots you don’t really know about. Angles, lengths, and connection have to be figured out in ways that even the most detailed drawings can miss. Making 110 perfectly accurate 28 degree cuts in a row is a pleasure I had forgotten, and won’t soon give up again.

We’ve got a new, large model to share with the town on our meeting June 14th.



My interest is not to continue destroying what is already destroyed… When things die, new ideas are born. The tree’s leaves fall, rot, and disappear. For me, this building’s history, all the marks on the ground that should not be touched, were what should be emphasized, and it was this thought that gave birth to the ramps and the bridge.” (prev).

Sverre Fehn - Hedmark County Museum (renovation of a historic barn and medieval castle grounds), Hamar 1978. Via, Jiri Havran

Design Precedent: Little Free Library NYC

Partnering with the international Little Free Library movement ( the Architectural League of New York arranged a competition to design a series of small lending libraries in public spaces of New York city. Now running three years strong, the small architectural interventions provide free reading material and a places of repose in otherwise bustling situations.

The Little Free Library movement places small book shelters in neighborhoods and is based on the premise of “take a book, return a book.” Established less than three years ago, Little Free Library now sponsors over 5,000 libraries worldwide.