Final To-Do’s

Looking at we need to do during this last week of construction, we realize just how many tasks are still left. Here are a few of the tasks we have been working on the last few days: As our semester comes to a close, we are grateful for our friends, family, community, and local vendors for their ...

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We’re Leaving Together, but Still it’s Farewell

Our days of building are winding down and there’s plenty left to do.  Finish materials are going into place – panels are going up under the canopy, cabinets are going into the kitchen, a window went into the rammed earth wall, and soon we’ll have a front door.   With a little bit of improvisation ...

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Nothing Can Stop Us Now

With the third week starting of our final session the group is finally seeing the light at the end of the tunnel. The canopy team is installing the soffit material above the grill, the rammed earth team is sealing the walls, cladding is wrapping the siding of the stud walls, the window in the rammed ...

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Wind and Windows

Among many delays and roadblocks during this project one that has been interesting to overcome was the windows. Our original plan was to have one serving window, one floor to ceiling window in the middle of the rammed earth, and clearstory windows surrounding the whole of the kitchen.   From the first weeks of design development the trying to ...

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Erupting with Progress

El Popocatepetl     Popocatepetl is an active volcano in central Mexico. The name Popocatépetl comes from the Nahuatl words popōca “it smokes” and tepētl [ˈtepeːt͡ɬ] “mountain”, meaning Smoking Mountain. The volcano is also referred to by Mexicans as El Popo. Depending on the weather, El Popo can even be seen from space.   Popocatepetl is ...

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