I have been following the progress being made on a project called the Hope for Architecture. This is the work of Clay Chapman, a master builder and designer. Chapman has 20 years experience in designing and building structural masonry and timber frame structures as single family residences and horse stables. The Brick in Architecture Award winning Pierce-Lee Residence in Cedartown, Georgia, is in particular, exemplary.
While he has a wonderful catalog of work to his credit, what is truly remarkable is his project he has titled the “hope for architecture”. Chapman’s experiment is to prove a structure of the quality that could last a century can be built for the cost of a standard tract home, and that it can be sustainable, affordable and energy-efficient.
Chapman recently gave a lecture at the University of Notre Dame School of Architecture, which gives a great overview of the project.
I have found this to be inspirational, and I look forward to see the outcome of all this work.