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Natural Systems Domination by Tres Birds Workshop

August 20, 2011, 12:01 amFiled under: Eco Arts > Eco Design — Posted by Eco-Question Editor

Content by: Tres Birds Workshop – www.tresbirds.com
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Source: Tres Birds Workshop – www.tresbirds.com
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  • Mike Moore
    Design principal / General contractor
    Tres Birds Workshop – www.tresbirds.com

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  • Melissa Belongea
    Media Relations / Marketing
    Tres Birds Workshop – www.tresbirds.com

Infusing Natural Systems into the Workplace

Domination implies taking over. If we had it our way, natural systems would dominate entirely. Natural systems operate in perfect efficiency. Humans are both part of those natural systems and also somehow separate (by choice). The further we stray from connections with nature, the more alien we become. Tres Birds Workshop was commissioned to concept, design and build an art installation in Downtown Denver for the purpose of encouraging people out of their offices for daily fresh air breaks. We highly recommend it. The installation made up of part vintage office furniture and part 100% live vegetation reminds us not to let office overgrowth affect a healthy relationship with the outdoors. All of the vegetation used in the installation were reused + recycled afterward.

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Architecture design and build firm, Tres Birds Workshop from Boulder, CO was recently commissioned to create a large-scale art installation for KEEN’s Recess Revolution Tour encouraging people outside during the workday for daily activity breaks and encouraging adults to re-energize by connecting with nature. KEEN, manufacturer of original hybrid footwear, bags and socks, produced the tour in response to American’s increasingly digital and sedentary lifestyles coupled with growing obesity rates. In Denver, KEEN’s recess event called for a nature-inspired makeover of an office, situated outdoors and for adults to participate in playtime activities, such as tetherball. Tres Birds Workshop was selected by KEEN to creatively concept and physically complete the dynamic 5-part art installation that was erected in the middle of downtown Denver’s business district on the 16th Street Mall.

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The overgrown office scene, brought together with the help of Green Roofs of Colorado and The Fabric Lab, cleverly reminds viewers to avoid office overgrowth in daily life, a chronic problem in many modern and fast-paced lifestyles. Participants and passers-by were encouraged to interact with the installation, where an executive office, conference room, break room, cubicle space and file cabinet made up the five distinct areas. Using 100% live vegetation, the Tres Birds Workshop team spent much of their preparation time hand-sewing sedum and ground cover quilts to drape over large furniture pieces for creating the overgrowth effect. All non-living props were obtained from second hand stores, including an old Canon copier, water cooler, cubicle walls, golf set, computers, kitschy knick knacks, coffee mugs and more.

Once the elaborate installation was complete, the sedum and vegetation were recycled into the community (two families and one business eagerly took the leftover vegetation once break-down began) and the office props were re-donated to second hand stores, making it a highly sustainable art piece as well.

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Natural Systems Domination by Tres Birds Workshop © Kristin Glenn / www.tresbirds.com

Tres Birds Workshop is a leader in progressive, sustainable and art-inspired architecture. Tres Birds Workshop considers lowering embodied energy, increasing use of natural day lighting and facilitating connections between human and the natural environment top priorities in architecture. The result is a healthier built environment where users feel at ease and are inspired by their surroundings. The process of any Tres Birds Workshop project is a holistic one, where the design and build is always a response to how the space will positively affect both people and the planet.


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Mike M. Moore Biography

Mike M. Moore © Tres Birds Workshop / www.tresbirds.com

Mike M. Moore founded Tres Birds Workshop in 2000. The workshop has been dedicated to designing and building architecture that is sustainable and promotes sensory awareness. Their work has been defined as innovative and proof that nature is science.

Mike’s career formally began at the University of California at Berkeley where he studied both Environmental Biology and Fine Art. With a desire to wed both ecological systems science and modern design principles, he completed a Masters in Architecture at the University of Colorado at Denver.

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