Not in the clamor of the crowded street, not in the shouts and plaudits of the throng, but in ourselves, are triumph and defeat.--Henry Wadsworth Longfellow

REDIRECT ALERT! (Scroll down past this mess if you're trying to read an archived post. Thanks. No, really, thanks.)

Due to my inability to control my temper and complacently accept continued silliness with not-quite-as-reliable-as-it-ought-to-be Blogger/Blogspot, your beloved Possumblog will now waddle across the Information Dirt Road and park its prehensile tail at http://possumblog.mu.nu.

This site will remain in place as a backup in case Munuvia gets hit by a bus or something, but I don't think they have as much trouble with this as some places do. ::cough::blogspot::cough:: So click here and adjust your links. I apologize for the inconvenience, but it's one of those things.

Wednesday, June 23, 2004

And speaking of building stuff...

Auburn's Rural Studio Work on Church Ranks Among World's Best Designs

AUBURN -- A tiny church in rural Perry County -- redesigned and rebuilt by four students from Auburn University's Rural Studio -- has been named among the top 100 best designs in the world by New York-based Metropolitan Home magazine.

The Antioch Baptist Church in northwest Perry County is No. 73 in the magazine's rankings.

"The spirit of much-beloved architect-educator Sam Mockbee lives on in a tiny Alabama church," the magazine says in its June issue. "(Students) from the workshop Mockbee founded transformed materials salvaged from a derelict chapel into a striking house of worship wrapped in glass and metal." [...]

[Rural Studio co-director Andrew] Freear says a church leader approached him about the possibility of rebuilding the structure, which became a 2001-02 thesis project for "four very talented architecture students" -- Jared Fulton, Marion McElroy, Gabe Michaud and Bill Nauck.

Freear said the church has a small congregation based on only four families. With the existing church, it lacked a restroom and baptismal font, and was losing membership.

The existing building had major foundation problems and was sagging, so a decision was made to replace it, he said. The students decided to use all of the salvageable materials from the original church, including roof and floor joists, wood wall paneling, tongue and groove boards and exterior corrugated metal.

"To re-use almost 75 percent of the materials from the original building sends an extraordinary message to the world," said Freear. [...]

Congrats, y'all.

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