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ANDREW MAYNARD’S ACTIVIST ARCHITECTURE
Posted By Sarah Rich On February 23, 2006 @ 12:39 am In Architecture,Green Products,Interactive Objects,Landscape Architecture,Treehouses | 4 Comments
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.
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…
Check back tomorrow for more on Maynard’s prefab work, a follow-up to our Australian prefab  post.
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 Andrew Maynard: http://www.andrewmaynard.com.au/styx01.html
 Chipko movement: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Chipko_movement
 Julia Butterfly Hill’s: http://www.circleoflifefoundation.org
 Andrew Maynard: http://www.andrewmaynard.com.au
 prefabs: http://bldgblog.blogspot.com/2005/12/unhinged-and-treeborne.html
 Styx Valley Forest: http://www.wilderness.org.au/campaigns/forests/tasmania/styx/
 Australian prefab: http://www.inhabitat.com/entry_998.php
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