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Recreation: (Noun) refreshment by means of some pastime, agreeable exercise, or the like.

a proposal for the Drachman Montessori Magnet School a collabortation of:



Introduction: One of the remarkable charachteristics of the Drachman Montessori Magnet School is the amount of open space that is available to the students. This charachteristic is one that is uncommon or beginning to be uncommon as we begin to see great sprawl on our land with no end in sight. Thus, we must teach students about space and what we can do with space before it is too late. The question here is how is materiality of agricultural processes a catalyst for recreation. The forms can emerge from the potential contained in the ecological processes found in situ. Straw and hay are easily available and is a basic product of the landscape. Gathered and stuffed into long tubes of pliable bio-plastic, they form an organic matrix offering a new formal vocabulary building. Wrapped, interwoven, folded, and piled, the tubes create a spontaneous outdoor shelter. This shelter will invite visitors to the open space; into the softness and refuge of an unexpected lounging spot. The golden straw within the slick, yet soft, bioplastic will create a sensual combination. The form of the tubes can be endlessly recombined to suit specific needs.

The purpose of this project is to investigate the meaningful re-purposing of place and the exploration of new forms of recreation.






steps to create Bio_SIT+GROW


Well-suited for events in Drachman’s open space, the tubes will be designed by the USGBC students to create areas for people to sit and also explore. What we aim to create is an area that insulates creating a significantly less hot space for students to gather as well as a space for students to sit, creating an atmosphere that is not currently present at Drachman.

Recreation: (Noun) the act of creating anew.

Once their use as furniture is complete, they can be left on site to begin another process. The straw-filled tubes will be soaked in water and inoculated with mushroom spores. Over the course of several weeks, the mushroom spores will spread through the straw while the bioplastics break down, bringing the growing fungi into contact with the earth. The fungi is then able to deeply colonize the soil of the site. Studies have shown that the enzymes present in fungal mycelial networks break down complex molecules such as dioxin and PCB, metabolizing them into harmless substances. This form of bioremediation is called mycoremediation. The mycelial net, which can expand to cover the entire ground of a forest in some species, does the work of purifying the polluted ground. The fruiting bodies it creates, which we call mushrooms, remain safe to eat.

Bio_SIT+GROW seeks to address new ways of enjoying open space, actively connecting users to ecological cycles and bioremediation. From hay harvest to lounging and through to mushroom production and soil purification, pleasure and utility are combined in a new leisure landscape.


Bio_Sit+Grow is a design proposal for the Tucson Unified School District that will connect users to ecological cycles and bioremediation.

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