Eco-Arch Guild

Advocating True Sustainability

All Upcoming and Past Eco-Arch Guild Events

Parade of Community Gardens

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 near completion, thanks to all those who helped do the legwork, especially Korrin.  We have been invited by the Eleanor Grahm Community Garden to attend a dedication ceremony on August 21st, during the annual Parade of Community Gardens, with a dedication ceremony at 11:00. View all details of this event »

July 6th 2010 – The Great Guild Build

cedarYou know you’ve been down, what with all this economic hardship, environmental catastrophe and political turmoil – but now’s not the time for navel-gazing!  Do something constructive in your community, despite feeling a general malaise and too wrapped up in your own affairs to care, what have you to loose except boredom and fatigue?
Come to Vesper College ( for directions) for the Great Guild Build, when we will finally realize the fruits of months-long labors of LOVE, that’s right, LOVE!  You can experience it too, just bring your HEART and HANDS – leave your poor overworked brain behind.
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June 7th, 2010 – Community Garden Project Part 4


This Monday we will reconvene at Vesper College, 201 6th St. SE (see for map and directions) at 7:00 pm to finalize the table and bench design we will be executing for the Snelling-Hamline community garden, as well as setting up work days and material aquisition logistics.

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May 3rd, 2010 – Community Garden Project Part 3

3D View 5This Monday we will reconvene at Vesper College, 201 6th St. SE (see contact page for map and directions) at 7:00 pm to discuss the nuts and bolts of building two table and bench sets for local community gardens. 
We have been working with the Snelling Hamline garden and St. Anthony Main garden in St. Paul to develop a solution to their need for a community gathering space, which is illustrated in the attached renderings and construction drawings prepared by Korrin Lohmann and Justin Biteler.  Thank you both for all of your efforts!!!

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April 5th, 2010 – Community Garden Project Part 2

Table[1]In the past few weeks, we have been busy contacting local community gardens to identify communities with a need for sculptural structures ranging from seating to gathering space to storage sheds.  Our intent is to engage Guild members in a few hands-on projects this summer, and we will begin formalizing plans at the coming meeting.  Bring your creativity, some paper, pencils and reference materials for a design charette which will seed the work to come. 
These designs will be presented to three of the gardening committees for approval before our May session begins, and from
there we will proceed to planning the built work for construction on site.  We welcome input and energy from everyone, even if you are just jumping into the process now, so be there and be prepared to get your hands dirty!
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March 1st, 2010 – Community Garden Project Part 1


We would like to take a break from guest lecturers this month to host a round-table discussion about some future building projects we intend to coordinate through the Guild. We have had a diverse array of programming over the course of the last year, and it seems time to finally get our hands dirty!

Convening at 7:00, we will again host the Eco-Arch Guild from the West Bank Social Center. The WBSC is located on the West Bank, above the Nomad World Pub at 501 Cedar Avenue South, on the Second Floor (see directions  here).

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February 3rd, 2010 – Art Shanty Projects and the Guerilla Classroom

8ff4aa784b06401488dc4a51e8064f78[1]We are switching -up the usual program this month in order to take advantage of our involvement with the Art Shanty Projects. Rather than our typical Monday night meeting time, we will be gathering on Wednesday, Feb 3rd at the Art Shanty Projects on Medicine Lake for their Wednesday night Artist’s community potluck.


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January 4th, 2009 – F.K. Art Glass with Chris and Stacey Kelly


We will be meeting at the studio of Chris and Stacey Kelly, owners, operators and artisans of F.K. Art Glass at 7:00. A map is available through their website at under the events page.

Stacy and Christopher bring together divergent educational backgrounds and combine the skills and knowledge of each into their glass forms. Stacy from the graphic design and construction fields, Christopher from a chemical/mechanical engineering standpoint.

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December 7th, 2009 – Lifecycle Building Challenge with Korrin Lohmann

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This month we bring you local designer Korrin Lohmann. Korrin will present on her submission
to this year’s Lifecycle Building Challenge, a Green design competition encouraging innovations in residential and commercial buildings, as well as
in developing reuseable building products.

You can view the presentation boards at the Lifecycle Building Challenge website, through the following link;

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November 2nd, 2009 – “Pattern Languages” with Curt McNamera

pattern_language[1]On November 2nd, convening at 7:00 pm, we will host the Eco-Arch Guild from the newly formed West Bank Social Center. The WBSC is located on the West Bank, above the Nomad World Pub at 501 Cedar Avenue South, on the Second Floor (

Our speaker for the November session is slated to be Curt McNamara, who will present on Christopher Alexander’s “A Pattern Language” and how these theories have been extended to open source design.


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