Planning, Conceptual Design & Competitions

In addition to serving on the Teton County Planning Commission, architect Paul Duncker and HandsOn Design have participated in community planning charettes,  design competitions, and calls for submissions contributing pro-bono design services to these and other investigative endeavors focussed on contextual housing typology development and educational art initiatives.  The following is a portfolio of some of those efforts.

The New Neighborhood

Collaborative design effort aimed at creating a large neighborhood of predominantly affordable housing to address  the majority of the community's affordable and employee housing needs, into the future, in one location. The location was the Scherr-Thoss property between the Rafter J and Melody Ranch subdivisions. HandsOn Design contributed six hosing prototypes to the effort, based largely on prefabricated modular components. 

Bison Skull truck
A Mutant Vehicle proposal for Burning Man

A rolling sculpture patterned after a Bison skull, inhabited / worn by the ultimate American agricultural icon, a 1977 Ford

F-150 pickup truck, the way a hermit crab inhabits the shell of another creature. The Bison is gone. Only the shell remains, appropriated by another, a foreign entity.

The idea behind this piece is to simply provide a glimpse of something that never crosses the minds of most citizens. A forgotten history, one with much wider implications about our place in the West.

The Electric Slide
Jackson Hole Public Art proposal

A demountable pavilion that mimics a prototypical Wyoming structure know as a Beaver Slide for stacking hay. HandsOn has appropriated this imagery to harvest another resource - the energy of the sun. An inclined plane covered in photovoltaic cells shelters a utility trailer containing a battery array covered by a switchable privacy glass topped stage platform. During the day, current flows through the glass rendering it clear, exposing the batteries and their controls. At night, the current flow ceases and the glass becomes opaque, and is illuminated from below - a light source in itself. Above this hangs a fabric structure resembling the uppermost portion of a human skull. When one ascends the platform, they occupy the physical space of the brain below this skull cap, and perhaps put the message together. Think about solar energy in agricultural Wyoming.

Library Artch
Jackson Hole Public Art Library proposal

This artwork acknowledges the emergence of different models of personal and mass communication, intellectual pursuit, the dissemination of knowledge, and our culture's evolving "place" for the written word. Libraries have historically acted as warehouses of the written word, a physical space cataloguing our culture's accumulated pool of knowledge. Today, information lives in the very ether around us, available to anyone to either add to or take from- a dynamic, open source of information still primarily based on the written word. The envisioned artwork represents a playful and evocative gateway into the world of knowledge, to the written word in any of it's forms- precious volumes of memorialized text painstakingly sought, or a digital data stream extracted and distilled from the background clutter of pop-culture overload.

Urban Trailer Park- Brooklyn
New Housing New York Competition

In this scheme, residents would own their module and rent space in a demountable, relocatable temporary structure on leased city property. Upon expiration of the lease, the structure is dismanteled and moved to another vacant property.  Project  is an attempt to make use of vacant properties as they wait for final development to occur.

Module Towers- Queens
New Housing New York Competition

On this 10 acre site near the base of the Triborough Bridge, high density stacks of prefabricated modules grow between geothermal utility nodes. Waste heat generated by air conditioning is used to warm outdoor swimming pools adjacent to a soccer field in the summer. In the winter, the pools are emptied to flood the soccer field, and "waste cooling" generated by the residential heat pumps is used to freeze the fields to create a community skating rink. 

Townhouse Infill- Manhattan
New Housing New York Competition

A slight twist of the typical four story walkup, based on a "Limited Participation Co-op" ownership model featuring four owners. Each owns a single larger unit with dedicated outdoor space for themselves, (6) rental spaces including (3) live/work, and (2) underground parking spaces. Building also features a "light funnel" at the center, which opens as it rises. (3)  Retail spaces w/ (3) Studio apartments on ground  plus laundry and (2) bedroom caretaker apartment. 

Old Wilson Schoolyard

This effort arose out of the Downtown Wilson design charrette which resulted in the creation of the Wilson Commercial zoning district. At the time, architect Paul Duncker was a board member  of the Old Wilson School Community Center, and submitted a conceptual site plan for the property. HandsOn Design also led a team of volunteer carpenters with donated construction equipment to waterproof and stabilize the existing structure prior to renovation of the building.

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Basement Floor Plan

(4) two car parking stalls with backyard access doors, (3) mechanical crawl spaces.