Mississippi

Citizen Architect


“All architects expect and hope that their work will act as a servant in some sense for humanity–to make a better world. This is a search we should always be undertaking.” —Samuel Mockbee
Samuel Mockbee, D.K. Ruth, Rural Studio, Alabama, Mississippi, Auburn University, Architecture, residential, built environments, low-cost housing, cameras, film, recycled wood, architectural drawings

Made by Hand: Alabama Chanin


The evening of May 19th capped off a three-day residency at the Cooper-Hewitt for Natalie Chanin, founder and designer of the design studio Alabama Chanin. Chanin, one of the founders of the burgeoning “slow fashion” movement, followed up her two-day Design Directions workshop for teenagers with an hour-long public lecture and book signing. 
Natalie Chanin, Alabama Chanin, design studio, slow fashion, fashion design, Design directions, workshops, Teens, book signing, manufacturing, processes, North Carolina, environmental design, industrial, textiles, Bauhaus, India, t-shirt, tee shirt, sourcing, Alabama, quilting, tradition, Department of Labor, investigation, business model, cottage industry, quality standards, handmade, Alabama Studio Style, Alabama Stitch, book, open source, open-source, DIY, patterns, sustainable, ecological, cotton, organic, waste, south, Tennessee, Mississippi, rural, Preservation, sewing, knit, dye, thread, zero waste, women

Salvage Shed


Many families are still crowded into one-bedroom FEMA trailers even 2 years after Hurricane Katrina devastated the US Gulf Coast. The Building Goodness Foundation has been providing relief to these cramped conditions building extra rooms for storage or a living room, even an extra bedroom.
Hurricane Katrina, New Orleans, Gulf Coast, disaster, FEMA, Federal Emergency Management Agency, trailers, housing, shelter, shed, space, Building Goodness Foundation, relief, conditions, Mississippi, Pearlington, Brad Guy, Bryan Bell, Sergio Palleroni, materials, demolished, reuse, re-use, Design Corps, Summer Studio, students, community, Matt Abel, tools, storage, Billy Ray Raine, salvage, salvaged, showcase, alternative, solutions, local, immediate, needs