Hay Barn - GridShell

Harvest Lunch Traditions

North Amercia:
Let's start in North America, where pueblo and native tribe harvest festivals have existed for hundreds of years, some continuing to this day. From Canada to Mexico, native tribes gathered in groups both large and small to share local foods like beans, corn, lamb, potatoes, squashes, and more. Once the harvest was ready, tribes gathered under a full moon to honor the dead and celebrate the fruits of the land.

From all the way across the Pacific, comes China's Mooncake Day. Dating back a few thousand years, Mooncake Day is a central part of the Mid Autumn Festival, which coincides with the first full moon of the fall season. Celebrations last several days and revolve around the concept of gratitude and family. The Mooncake itself, is a symbol of the holiday, bringing together friends, family and loved ones, whether they are near or far.

Africa is home to Homowo, originating in the nation of Ghana. Celebrated at the time of spring corn crop planting in May, Homowo is in remembrance of a widespread famine dating back to pre-colonial times. The word Homowo (“homo,” meaning hunger, and “wo,” meaning hoot) is often used to scorn hunger in the hopes that famine will never strike again. A musical celebration, drums are played in the streets while locals enjoy ceremonial dishes.

Location:Verdel, Nebraska

Year:    2020-Present

Team:    Research

The hay barn gridshell is an ogoing research project being developed on two premises. First, community space can and does exist in large scale format in rural and open plain landscapes. The history and tradition of the harvest lunch is the primary precedent within this project. Secondly the research is focused on large scale parametric design, fabrication and rasing of a wood grid shell.

This proejct began development in 2020.

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