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Monday, October 27, 2008


Christian and Jeff on the site

learning and anaylizing suzie's homesite

talking about the site

little shanette (sp?)

our client is thoroughly connected to their land/site. they dig their fingers into the dirt, crawl around in it... garden

"the real artistic talent is not in the capacity to invent and fabricate, but in seeing the implicit meaning and value of human situations" -- juhani pallasmaa

grub-time after a long day of interviewing:

sean, erika, brian, jason, jeff

nick, eric, justin

mike, tom, christian, cindy

-Thus begins designbuildBLUFF 2009-

(we're stoked to be serving suzie whitehorse)

"this land of disparate conditions is not just

a setting for my work--

it is part of the work.

in these conditions i do not

see a negative, but instead,

a source of deep possibilites" --marlon blackwell

Saturday, October 25, 2008

today was so draining. there is so much need here in bluff that it's overwhelming. it was a shock-- devastating to see the conditions that the families live in. at the same time, here is the heart/vision of designbuildBLUFF... i am pumped about our discussion tonight in the scorup house. it will be interesting, as all of us have been exposed to the same shocking conditions but we all have viewed it through different eyes.

Monday, September 22, 2008

Major Donors for Sustenance for Sustainability were:
VCBO Architects
Zions Bank
Charlie & Mary Wintzer
John Cumming
Thank you!!!

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More photos of Sustenance for Sustainability, our First Annual Fundraiser, courtesy of photographer Susan Workman-thanks, Sue!

Thanks again to our sponsors, donors, and to all who attended and volunteered. It was a fabulous, fun event.


Wednesday, September 17, 2008

Thanks to all who attended the DesignBuildBLUFF fundraiser.

We raised some money for the next project and everyone had fun.

Thanks especially to all the volunteers and DBB alumni for pitching in to make the event such a great success.

Welcome to the party, may we take your money?

The calm before the storm.

volunteer squad

Lab Dogs, perfect music for a bbq

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Thursday, August 28, 2008

DesignBuildBLUFF board of trustees
cordially invites you to a cool evening outside in the mountains



a casual fund-raising BBQ,
in which proceeds will help support
and the
Jane Barrett Memorial Scholarship Fund

Libations and Refreshments, BBQ Buffet,
Live Bluegrass Band, Silent and Live Auction



One Hundred Dollars Per Person

Sunday, August 10, 2008

We're one intimidating crew.. sadly Casey and I had to leave. Thank you DesignBuildBluff!

Carpet tiles of varying color stacked in the wall for some insulation

We cut the door out then put it back on a track
We used donated translucent 3 form panels on the ceilings of the containers
The baltic birch on the walls is turning out very nice

Saturday, August 09, 2008

We spent a week in Salt lake doing a little prefabrication. Jyana is making a little 3-form detail for the electrical.
We cut over one hundred strips of aluminum to create the caps for the roof on the Bath House and would like to give a big thanks to Sean who runs the Art shop at the U for letting us poach his 4' sheet metal break. We couldn't have done it with out you.
We also prefabricated our sliding doors at the Arch shop, being a shop tech has its benefits. The Machine shop at the U donated the labor to help roll the steel for our curved doors. The final product turned out perfect. Thanks for helping us get things done right.
Jyana is gluing up the the concrete forms for the sills. The first batch has just come out. Pictures to come soon.
A piece of scaffolding that has been leveled and we now have enough sand, gravel and concrete to make the sills.
This is our home made bender in action. The biggest shingle we needed to bend for the roof measures almost 4'x9'.The bender went through many modifications during the construction process and was made entirely of salvaged material. The prefab caps fit perfectly. The roof is almost done just a gutter and a few more caps.One last wall in the project. It is turning out great.