the concrete process moves like “mud” or learning to wait

August 27th, 2008

(note: concrete is referred to as “mud” in the trade)

so we (meaning ron, kim and gary) finally poured the walls of the shop yesterday – it’s been a long time coming (we first thought we’d be pouring the week of the 11th) – things kept getting pushed back, which has been frustrating to say the least. people keep reminding me of the adage that things in construction always get delayed or take twice…

i guess the ultimate frustration comes from the fact that we really want to get the roof of the house on as soon as possible, before it gets too wet…and waiting for someone else to work as we sit idly by is difficult at best…

i suppose there exists a cliche lesson in here – a lesson to be patient and allow for what is, rather than fretting what isn’t. but at the same time i’d like to be proactive and prevent further delays and foster better communication between the subcontractors and us. maybe with clear communication and an initial understanding of timeline, there can be fewer delays.

coming up next, we have to run plumbing, electrical and vacuum pipe in the shop floors before we can pour them – we hope to be pouring the floors in mid september, after our hopeful attendance at a vipassana meditation retreat.

an overview of equitable and efficient spaces

August 4th, 2008

I thought it might be interesting to you all to see some of the process that went into creating The Commons. With that in mind I am publishing here the paper I wrote while finishing school and working on The Commons project with Dustin.

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much has transpired since the shop hole was dug

August 4th, 2008

I’ve been quiet on the blogging front, but I’m back now that there’s little for me to do during the concrete forming process. Read on for a quick photo tour of our progress… Read the rest of this entry »

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