Red Bluff Residence

A modern and eco-friendly spin on the ancient pit-house

Austin-based Bercy Chen Design Studio often aims to modernize the architectural staples of yesteryear, bringing the sustainability of our ancestors into a 21st-century context. Their newest project, the “Red Bluff Residence,” works to reinvent the ancient pit-house—once common to hunter-gatherer societies—for an effective site-specific architectural installation. With sustainability as their goal, the original pit-house structure provides the Bercy Chen team with a fair starting point. …

Climate-Based Art

A sculptor and a painter take to the ice for site-specific works addressing global warming

Two artists separated by a continent—Ap Verheggen and Nasser Azam—recently completed independent climate-based projects, each using weather to indicate the outcome. Verheggen, who calls Holland his home, installed the first in a series of four sculptures, which will all be placed in geographic areas undergoing severe climate changes (pictured above). Concerned that “climate change brings about cultural change,” the pure iron sculpture represents a dogsled …