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Watch: My Mud Manifesto

Massey Burke '00 returned to campus as part of this season's Cooper Series to supervise the building of sustainable design project with art and engineering students and other interested members of the campus community. She worked closest with Professor of Studio Art Syd Carpenter and students in Carpenter's The Container as Architecture class. Using materials recycled from the Scott Arboretum, they designed and built a sculptural installation in the garden adjacent to Beardsley Hall.

After graduating with honors in classics and English literature, Burke began a professional life in natural building with Ecoshanty, an earthen getaway at the Solar Living Institute in California. She then went on to study integrated natural building and is currently an independent designer and teacher.

The Art of Natural Building

In a recent Bulletin profile, Massey Burke '00 describes using clay soil, straw, and sand to create small projects with large impact.

My Mud Manifesto

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