Gallery: ANDREW MAYNARD’S ACTIVIST ARCHITECTURE

 

Abandon your preconceptions of the architect as a quiet, bespeckled intellectual who cares more about sharp Italian suits and clean concrete lines than about saving trees. Here comes a new breed of architectural environmental activism in rising star Andrew Maynard, who has designed these awesome treehouses in order to protest logging.

The vigilant protection of endangered forests represents an enduring legacy of environmental activism, from the Chipko movement in India in the early 70s to Julia Butterfly Hill’s long sit in the redwoods. Few things deter a logger from felling a tree more effectively than a protester clinging fiercely to its trunk. Except maybe a protest structure that clings to three trunks at once.

On top of being a wildly inventive architect, Andrew Maynard – whose prefabs have been widely lauded for their astounding multiplicity and brilliant design – turns out to be a cleverly scheming activist. Maynard’s Global Rescue Station fastens semi-permanently to the body of three trees, promising not only to shelter and protect protestors during their demonstrations, but to take out anything beneath or around it if a logger dares to cut down its supports.

Maynard’s Global Rescue Station initially emerged in the midst of opposition to clearcutting in Tasmania’s Styx Valley Forest. The first iteration consisted of two platforms roped into the canopy of a single gum tree (affectionately named Gandalf). Maynard has since advanced his protest design strategy to create the concept for GRS Generation 2, which uses far more refined methods and materials to create a bi-level shelter replete with solar panels and sleeping quarters. Those Earth Firsters might be wishing they’d had Mr. Maynard in their posse a few years back…

+ www.andrewmaynard.com.au

Check back tomorrow for more on Maynard’s prefab work, a follow-up to our Australian prefab post.

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4 Comments

  1. cody0067 May 13, 2008 at 1:32 pm

    this is amazing but there are a few things i want to know before i atempet to build one

  2. stewart November 8, 2007 at 6:29 am

    getting building permission for them could be fun…lol

  3. Shen Keen July 29, 2007 at 4:03 am

    Andrew Maynard, you are a genius. I found this website by chance when I was looking up Architectural pleaching. I saw the bubble houses on treehugger.com, but much prefer your prefab houses as they don’t look entirely foreign to the surrounding environment. I have a question… how do you get up there? Are you a skilled treeclimber? I would like to know more. How do you get the structure to where it is? Have you a working model?
    We need more people like you in South Africa. Right now our country is being torn to shreds by large earthmoving equipment in the name of Soccer World cup. Lots of backscratching and very little regard for our ancient indigenous forests.
    All the best there. I wish you the best of luck.

  4. Inhabitat » Blog ... June 12, 2006 at 3:02 pm

    [...] There are houses built in trees and then there are treehouses. Last year, we had one of our first encounters with a home literally made from trees, using an ancient technique called pleaching – the art of weaving (and sometimes grafting) trees together to form structures. The Fab Tree Hab was one of the design entries for the Index: awards, emerging from the genius of a crew including MIT architect Mitchell Joachim and our friend, Javier Arbona of Archinect. The project description emphasized consideration of whole systems (and ecosystems) in creating a truly sustainable built environment, rather than a piecemeal approach that could yield uncertain longterm outcomes. [...]

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