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March 05, 2013

Things Are Being Built

Tbarn to-do lists are all construction details and job site visits these days.  We've got two residential projects under construction (Santa Anna new-build and Big Bend renovation), phase 02 of…

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Tbarn to-do lists are all construction details and job site visits these days.  We've got two residential projects under construction (Santa Anna new-build and Big Bend renovation), phase 02 of Guerilla Suit offices being installed and a signage project for a park in Arlington, VA about to start fabrication.

Then we jumped into the SXSW mayhem with a fast-track build out for Microsoft's temporary space during the festival, in partnership with our friends at Giant Noise and Guerilla Suit.  We've had a 10 day timeframe to make a series of custom work-tables, charging stations and bars. Things have been kept simple with off the shelf elements, plywood and lvls and primary color spray paints. This is a situation in which having close ties to a local network of makers and collaborators makes all the difference. Jon Davidson of DoeFabCo, maestro carpenter Connor Finn and Damon Faulkner have all graciously given up evenings and weekends at short notice to help us meet the deadline. We're intrigued to see all the different pieces - furniture, lighting, interactive elements, graphics, artwork – each of which is being managed by an independent team, come together in time for the techies to descend this weekend!

Big Bend // new bedroom in the live oak canopy

Big Bend // stairs to new addition

Big Bend // opening up the existing ground floor

Guerilla Suit Phase 02 // cabinetry build-out

Guerilla Suit Phase 02 // cabinetry under construction by Hatch Workshop

Santa Anna // with shiny new roof and the first leaves of spring, ready for siding

Santa Anna // looking snug, with new coat of bio spray-foam (soy-based) and big sliding doors

Santa Anna // showing off new windows and roof

MS SXSW // colorful sawhorse table legs

MS SXSW // tool-stand-coffee-tables and lvl-bar-tops

- LB

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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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