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August 20, 2012
Kevin Coburn, Director of Communications

National Design/Build Expert Steve Badanes Presents Public Program August 29

POULTNEY--Steve Badanes, one of the pioneers in the national design/build movement, will give a public lecture “Full Scale: Architect as Artisan and World Citizen” at Green College in Withey Hall in the East Room at 7 p.m. on Wednesday, August 29.

Badanes is nationally recognized for designing and building innovative projects—from homes to playgrounds to public sculptures. He is an expert on energy-efficient building techniques and speaks about the social responsibilities of architects and the role of architecture in building communities.

He attended Wesleyan University for undergraduate studies and Princeton University, where he received his master of architecture degree. He has received grants from the National Endowment for the Arts and the Graham Foundation for Advanced Studies in the Fine Arts, as well as a Fellowship from the Association of Collegiate Schools of Architecture (ACSA). Badanes has conducted design/build workshops all over the country, and collaborated on a Green Mountain College design/build project involving several GMC students last summer. The group designed and constructed a 40-foot arched bridge placed over a stream on the College’s Deane Nature Preserve.

In the fall of 2009, Green Mountain College introduced the Renewable Energy and EcoDesign (REED) certificate, an undergraduate program designed to help students explore the renewable energy and green building fields. Beginning this fall, the College is offering this program as a full-fledged 42-credit major. Badanes' visit, as a lecturer and visiting critic, will kick off a semester long design-build block intensive at GMC where students will construct a solar-powered garage for an electric vehicle, furthering the College's commitment to carbon neutrality.

“Steve is one of the leading thinkers and practitioners in thoughtful, sustainable building practices,” said Lucas Brown, co-director of the REED program. “His talk will be an interesting and inspiring experience for our students and for anyone in the local community interested in innovative sustainable design.”

Badanes’ commissions include private homes, schools, public structures, and the winning entry, “The Fremont Troll,” in the Hall of Giants 1990 Competition in Seattle. Badanes is a founder of Jersey Devil, an architectural firm comprised of skilled craftsmen, architects, inventors, and artists “committed to the interdependence of building and design.” Jersey Devil architects/builders live on-site during construction of their designs, which are known for energy-efficiency and innovative use of materials. His work has been the subject of two books: The Jersey Devil Design/Build Book and Devil's Workshop: 25 Years of Jersey Devil Architecture. Badanes' work can also be seen on the Jersey Devil website .

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