A couple of years ago, I entered and won an architecture competition sponsored by Pangea Organics Products. The task was to design a sustainable community to include the small Pangea factory, farm fields, housing, and some retail and civic uses.
Using the basic elemental metaphors of earth, wind, fire and water, the project centers around a series of natural gray water recycling ponds. The buildings were a fairly eclectic mix of strawbale and earth-sheltered housing types gathered around common courtyards and communal buildings.
Chicago-based artist Carrie Iverson, my sister-in-law, collaborated with me on this and I hope to again on future ventures.
Pangea Organics makes really amazing, completely organic bath and body products in Boulder, Colorado and is enthusiastically committed to envisioning a more sustainable path for making and living.
Drawing by Mark Gerwing, 2005.