This building has become a symbol for the Tr'ondek Hwech'in First Nation's will to survive as a culture and reassert itself in Dawson City, a place dominated by the history of the Klondike Gold Rush. The design involved significant community consultation and cultural research. It received the BC Lieutenant Governor's Award for Architecture in 1999 and has been published widely in Canada and abroad.
Architect of Record: Florian Maurer Archtect Ltd.
ropi community centre
This project is a response to deforestation and poverty, a systemic problem with a built solution beyond the reach of the local people. To find a solution, worldly knowledge and understanding of place must come together. this community centre demonstrated the principal use of raw earth masonry and eucalyptus trusses, as an alternative to torchis construction in the fall of 2009. f2a continues the work begun here: to learn how aid infrastructure design can affect regional ecological impacts.
By Austin Hawkins, with Italian architect Lorenzo Fontana. Fontana has spent 20 years in Ethiopia experimenting with raw earth masonry and catenary structure as a response to deforestation. this project was inspired by Lolo's work and supported by his generosity. Funded by the Thomas J Watson Foundation.
castello di drena
The partial collapse of the fortification around the castle of Drena has further weakened the already badly battered structure. Stabilizing it as soon as possible is the most pressing task. A steel super structure pinned to the existing walls will stabilize the structure an provide an enclosure for events and public gatherings.
Let the Castello di Drena become adapted to serve us, change with us, grow old with us, just as it happens to the whole universe. This, we think, would be called "using heritage with dignity". historical buildings should be companions in the mysterious process called "life" rather than just museum pieces. The original building is in ruins. Rather than attempting a restoration of that last collapse, let's give it a new life instead!