"Spaces of Serenity" is Obsession #18 for 2016
Every so often, during the occasional odd moment when productivity is sacrificed for a few moments of cinematic pleasure, I’ll happen across a program promoting the vestiges of tiny home living. It is during that moment, if ever so fleeting, that I wonder “what if?”
What if I were to leave it all behind?
And with the opening of a closet door or a glance in the direction of shelf after book-stacked shelf, I am hurled back to reality. I’ve never been one to hold on to every little thing for the sake of sentimentality.
On the other hand, I’ve never packed a few belongings into a backpack, wandering the crests and valleys of faraway lands. I, like most people, just need a little room to breathe.
And maybe that’s just it. Maybe one really needs just a place to exhale. A few feet to call one’s own. To be one’s self. To reflect. But mainly, to just breathe.
Highlighted in an equally small-scale volume are six freestanding structures, the skillful works of architect Jeffrey S. Poss, FAIA. Constructed from a multitude of materials – galvanized steel, red cedar, concrete block – each of the compact abodes exist to serve one singular purpose.
For these architectural marvels, these Spaces of Serenity, their purpose and reason for being is quite simply to share with their lucky owners a few un-complicated cubic feet in which to accomplish the one task we find so hard to do.
Although it is the real world that dictates my need for closet space, it is through the vibrant images and simple illustrations of Poss’ pictorial that I may live vicariously
--Image and Text by Branden A. Smith
Olympic Tribute 25th Anniversary Ceremony
Saturday October 1, 2016
The Olympic Tribute, first dedicated in 1991 and designed by Professor Jeffery Poss, FAIA, was recognized in a 25th Anniversary ceremony on Saturday October 1, 2016.
For the event, the Tribute has been re-landscaped with native species of Prairie Dropseed, Butterfly Weed, and Lady’s Mantle. It also has a new mow strip to help define the edges of the geometric monument. Most importantly, the ceremonial granite platform will be adorned with the names of local athletes who have recently participated in the 2016 Olympics and Paralympics in Rio.
Folding Farm II Wins Two National Awards in 2014
Designed by Jeffery S. Poss, FAIA and the small studio, Illinois School of Architecture, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. Charles Huss, David Emmons, Jordan Buckner, Design Associates.
Folding Farm II (FFII) is a “green” produce transport vehicle and a deployable farm stand. It represents the modification of Folding Farm I (FFI), a working prototype conceived in 2012 as a bicycle-powered delivery system and market display for produce grown on the Sustainable Student Farm at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. The next generation FFII, currently in development, decreases the weight and cost of the first prototype. Folding Farm II is constructed from steel and aluminum sections. It incorporates standard plastic farm-grade vegetable bins, which means that the produce can be cleaned and immediately packaged on the farm, eliminating handling at the market. Beginning at the farm, the bins are set flat in FFII’s metal frame for transport. The bins are then filled with cleaned produce. The FFII’s canvas canopy is collapsed to cover and protect the produce during transport. At the market, the bicycle is disconnected and the bracing bar is swung down to stabilize the cart – no additional anchoring is required due to careful calibration of the weight distribution. Then the canopy is deployed and the produce bins are tilted for display. Ratcheted bracing bars lock the canopy and produce bins into position. Thus Folding Farm II is a farm utility vehicle that delivers and displays produce for local marketplaces. These added values supersede its additional cost. In addition, it becomes a demonstrable design idea that serves as an emblem for the environmental transformation of the local community.
Jury Comments: Very cool looking and a truly local producer. Could be a mobile suite for a larger farmer. Sellable and familiar, but for a boutique seller. Beautiful story or hyper local vendor.
The Green Dot Awards™ strive to reward and promote forward-thinking businesses that create environmentally friendly products or services, and to reward revolutionary green proposals. The jury selected winners from thousands of entries from over 25 countries.