Storyville Austin's New Lawn Furniture

May 16, 2009 by Gabriel Harvey

As part of a special project for the semester, University of Texas architecture students Alex Gilliam and Everett Hollander have been at work on the important task of creating design solutions to redevelopment housing in rural Rwanda.  With this project, Alex and Everett aimed to develop an approach to building that is both "sympathetic and intuitive" to the people of rural Rwanda, by using materials and employing skills already common in those parts of Rwanda.  The idea of the approach is to make something that is sustainable in all respects.

Alex and Everett built a number of structures around campus, including the very large one near UT's main mall.  So, we were happy to help when Alex and Everett asked to build one of their prototypes on Storyville's front lawn at 20th and Guadalupe.  This handsome bench is made of bamboo, is very strong, and is surprisingly comfortable.  Lots of curious folks have been wandering by and giving it a test.

So, well done, gentlemen -- keep up the good ideas and the good work.  We can't have enough of either.  Check out the pictures of the work in progress and Everett and I giving the finished product a good sit, and if you're in our neck of the woods, swing by and check out their invention for yourself.


said at 4:34AM on May 18, 2009

This is cool. I like the fact that they're combining architecture with social activism.

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