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February 01, 2013

PLAYHIVE ON NOTCOT.ORG

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February 01, 2013

YMCA COMMUNITY GARDEN , AUSTIN, TX

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February 01, 2013

SELECTED AS FINALIST FOR ART PROJECT IN ARIZONA

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January 15, 2013

The PlayHive: From Your Backyard to the Austin Children’s Museum

The PlayHive is a backyard play structure that anyone with basic carpentry skills can assemble with 2x4s, screws and common DIY tools (a chop-saw, a sander and a cordless drill). It's an…

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The PlayHive is a backyard play structure that anyone with basic carpentry skills can assemble with 2x4s, screws and common DIY tools (a chop-saw, a sander and a cordless drill). It's an intimate space for sharing secrets on the inside and a climbing frame for testing agility on the outside.  We initially designed the structure for a 2010 Bastrop wildfire benefit, hosted by Breed & Co. The PlayHive was displayed in the Breed & Co parking lot, along with play structures by Burton Baldridge  and Pollen Architecture, and tested enthusiastically by Austin’s under-10 crowd.  It was later auctioned off to raise funds for wildfire relief.

After receiving a lot of interest in the design, we made a DIY kit available online here.  The website estimates that there have been 16000 downloads since the plans were uploaded in March 2012!  The PlayHive is created by assembling circular layers of successively shorter 2x4 blocks and the DIY kit contains a set of templates (corresponding to each layer) which help you connect each 2x4 block at the appropriate angle.

Austin Children’s Museum PlayHive

Last year, we were invited by the Austin Children's Museum to create a custom PlayHive for their upcoming ThinkDoMake exhibit.  This version includes a wheelchair-friendly 'tabletop-hive' and a scaled-down version which allows small visitors to the museum to construction their own forms with the same system.

We'll be building the new PlayHive over the next couple of weeks and installing it 'live' at the ThinkDoMake exhibit opening on February 2nd. If you've got little ones who might enjoy this (or even if you don't), please come and give us a helping hand!  Kits will also be available for purchase at the museum. We're hoping to get feedback on lots of PlayHives being built in people's backyards this spring. The exhibit will be up for six months and will be the last before the museum moves into its new home at the Mueller Development.

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January 14, 2013

SANTA ANNA BUILD PROGRESS_ Update

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January 02, 2013

MR MRS CHAIR GETS SOME LOVE / AUSTIN HOME / DEC 2012

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January 02, 2013

SANTA ANNA BUILD PROGRESS DECEMBER 2012

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January 02, 2013

2013 - New Year

We are going to roll out our new web presence this year and look forward to keeping you up to date on all of the exciting projects happening at THOUGHTBARN. If you would like to join our monthly…

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We are going to roll out our new web presence this year and look forward to keeping you up to date on all of the exciting projects happening at THOUGHTBARN. If you would like to join our monthly newsletter, please send us an email at this link, and we will sign you up for our monthly newsletter.  

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December 02, 2012

LAST YEAR SERIES_PRAIRIE LINE TRAIL

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November 27, 2012

SANTA ANNA BUILD PROGRESS

 

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