“We’ve got a tremendous desire on the part of scientists to engage with different audiences and a desire on the part of humanists and artists to grapple with the immensity of the problems we’re facing right now…One way to do that is through the art museum bringing people together outside political affiliation and into a different environment that allows for more empathy.”Erin Espelie, co-director of the Nature, Environment, Science & Technology Studio for the Arts at the University of Colorado.
Great article in the NYT about a recent trend that has art museum exhibits responding to environmental issues.
Deadline: March 18, 2019 / 5:00 p.m. Pacific Time
The California Government Operations Agency (GovOps) will award $500,000 in grants as part of the statewide California Mass Timber Building Competition. Grants will be awarded to selected proponent teams presenting viable and repeatable mass timber solutions for commercial and multi-family projects in California. The competition is being hosted by GovOps and administered by WoodWorks – Wood Products Council.
By showcasing the architectural and commercial viability of advanced mass timber products in construction, the competition is intended to support employment opportunities in rural communities, contribute to the health and resiliency of California forests, and advance sustainability in the built environment.
California is the largest consumer of engineered wood products west of the Mississippi River, yet almost none is produced in the state. By showcasing opportunities for mass timber, GovOps seeks to stimulate the demand for buildings constructed using mass timber and generate investor interest in potential in-state production capacity while advancing its climate change and green building objectives.
Mass timber also has the potential to help reduce the risk of catastrophic wildfires in California. After a century of suppressing forest fires to protect communities, many U.S. forests are now overly dense and susceptible to large and severe fires. Mass timber products present an opportunity for large, solid structural elements to be potentially manufactured from relatively small-diameter trees as well as other traditionally lower-value resources (such as trees that are dead or dying due to bark beetles or other insects and disease). Demand for these byproducts of sustainable forest management practices helps provide a market incentive for forest thinning and other landscape restoration efforts that reduce the risk of high-severity fire. The intent of this competition is to inspire interest and support for innovative wood products among the architectural, developer and building communities as well as the general public.
Mass timber is more commonly used for construction in Europe, but the last decade has also seen an increase in use as a structural element in North America; Canada, Washington and Oregon have experienced some early success in making these products a viable alternative to traditional building materials. As a construction material, mass timber is attractive to designers for its strength, affordability, aesthetics, construction efficiency, structural performance, reduced carbon footprint, and ability to work alongside other materials as a structural element.
Demonstration projects are needed in California to familiarize local permitting and approval agencies, design practitioners, developers and construction contractors as to the viability of these products.
Read the Competition Guidelines
Need more information?
Contact GovOps at Matt.Henigan@govops.ca.gov for:
- Questions or issues related to file uploads, the competition website, government policy, winner agreements and deliverables, judging criteria, project eligibility, specifics in the Competition Guidelines
Contact WoodWorks for:
- Project/proposal support (e.g., structural, architectural, code questions, etc.), project eligibility, specifics in the Competition Guidelines
Natural Discourse: Artists, Architects, Scientists & Poets in the Gardenis an ongoing series of symposia, publications, and site-specific art installations that explores the connections between art, architecture, and science within the framework of botanical gardens and natural history museums.
In 2019, Digital Nature returns to the LA Arboretum! Once again, an amazing group of contemporary artists is being invited to project their work onto the landscape of one of Los Angeles’ most beloved public gardens to illuminate the unprecedented ecological and technological shifts that are remaking our world, including wildfire. Get tickets.
John Carpenter, Adam Donnelly, Tim Durfee, Mia Feuer, Ellie Irons, David Janesko, Richard Johnson, Chris Kallmyer, Jenny Kendler, William Lamson, Deborah Oropallo, Andy Rappaport, Timothy Roy, Justin Shrake, Nami Yamamoto, Andrew Yang, Brigitte Zieger
Skype recording | Meeting notes
With the government shutdown in effect the initial location and purpose needed to shift. Thanks to Steve Dunsky for organizing and hosting.
1. One major purpose of this meeting was to share what we are up to with senior forest service staff. However, with the shutdown continuing, the meeting will be held at the Vallejo Naval and Historical Museum, 734 Marin St., Vallejo, CA.
For those who are not able to attend in person, we will use Skype and record the meeting.
2. During the discussions we are hoping that you have been ruminating on the themes that have emerged, and will be willing to share your thoughts about how to move forward. These themes include:
- What do we want the public to do? How can they engage in the forest/fire issue?
- What is our messaging strategy and timeline? What does a case for support look like, and how can we build it?
- Support from regional arts councils is powerful for going to foundations and other larger funders. What form could that support take so that it supports the art councils, rather than burdening them?
- How can we get help with running this effort
- How can we engage with Native American leaders?
- How can we think expansively to prevent expecting the art to hew too closely to the science?
- How can we organize social events around the prescribed burning to bring the public closer to the issues?
11:00 – 11:15… Welcome and intro by Jim Kern, Director – Vallejo Naval and Historical Museum; followed by round of introductions.
11:15 – 11:30… Elevator Pitch/better name: we need to develop a quick description of this regional effort to create an artistic response on the scale of the scientific and management response needed to interrupt the current collapse of our forest ecosystem and this might include a less-clunky name that rolls off of the tongue easily.
11:30 – 12:00… Wild and Scenic Film Festival report (panels, films, meetings, insights). Discussion on previous meeting themes.
12:00 – 12:30… Working lunch – general discussion. Shorter agenda begins for those not wishing to Skype for the whole meeting.
12:30 – 12:45… Visions of the Wild – fall 2019 effort: how and whom to engage – Steve Dunsky
12:45 – 13:00… Commonwise update – Allison Wolff
13:00 – 13:15… Forest ⇌ Fire exhibit update – Michael Llewellyn and Eliza Tudor
13:15 – 13:30… Website discussion and content, how to communicate, messaging strategy. – Faerthen Felix
13:30 – 13:50… Project updates from other artists/International artist participation report. Letters of Support: these could be very helpful not only to support the over-arching effort, but also to support the efforts of the individual artists.
13:50 – 14:00… Next meeting date, purpose and location. Do we need additional smaller meetings to dig into deeper subjects or local/county issues and/or projects?
- Trevor Allen (Playwright)
- Jeff Brown (UC Berkeley, Central Sierra Field Research Stations)
- Lesley Chapman (Performance artist)
- John Degraf (Film maker)
- Steve Dunsky (Visions of the Wild)
- Faerthen Felix (UC Berkeley, Sagehen Creek Field Station)
- Todd Gilens (Artist)
- Donn Harris (California Arts Commission)
- Josh Harrison (Living Forests/Center for the Study of the Force Majeure)
- Matt Jamieson (Living Forests)
- Jonathon Keats (Experimental philosopher/Conceptual artist)
- Heather Llewellyn (Curator)
- Michael Llewellyn (Photographer/Curator)
- Steve Most (Film maker)
- Anne-Marie Napoli (Underground Engine VFX)
- Shannon O’Hare (Obtanium Works)
- Terry Siddal (Art Director)
- Dave Smith (UC Berkeley Regional Asset Manager)
- Ethan Summers (Underground Engine VFX)
- Eliza Tudor (Nevada County Arts Commission)
- Alex Adkinson (Artist)
- Teal Brown (Commonwise)
- Marisha Farnsworth (Artist/Architect)
- Robert Ferry (Land Art Generator Initiative)
- Elizabeth Monoian (Land Art Generator Initiative)
- Anuj Vaidya (Artist)
- Allison Wolf (Commonwise)
See meeting notes for list of attendees. Thanks to NMA for hosting, and to everyone who drove over the snowy crest to be here…and apologies to everyone for the technology challenges today!
For next steps, here are some of the themes that emerged:
- We need to define what we want the public to do, and how they can engage in this issue.
- We need a messaging strategy and timeline: a marketing/fundraising tool kit (case for support).
- As we look for funding, the bigger money is not in the small arts orgs, it’s in the agency and private foundation pots. But support from arts councils is really useful for going to foundations and other larger funders.
- We need a helper to work on website and social media.
- We need to directly engage with Native American leaders.
- We need to blow it out–the art can’t be expected to hew to the science.
- We need to organize social events around the prescription burning to bring the public closer to the issues.