COMPREHENSIVE ARCHITECTURE STUDIO | WINTER 2022-SPRING 2022 | INSTRUCTOR: THOMAS HAHN | SITE: CRESWELL, OREGON
Local soil and local culture are intimately related. There has been an uprooting and displacement of people and forest communities. How can the design reclaim land and materials and evolve to network with other ecosystems, weave the community together, and maintain cultural roots?
The goal of this project is to aid in decolonizing wildland fire management and research. The project hosts a fire prevention program that is a connection between and that integrates both indigenous and Western knowledge systems into environmental stewardship practices and research. There is also fire response program to support those who respond to wildfire crisis. This program integrates fire crews to becoming a part of the larger system of forest management and fire prevention and provides them with the potential to help ecological and human communities recover. Lastly, there is a fire relief program that hosts a resource hub to aid with post-crisis rebuilding. This program includes essentials so that all basic needs are met during a crisis and resources for community support. This program helps the community reach autonomy through self-sufficiency.