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Building Community Through a Circle of Collaboration:
Building a Yurt at UVM's Jericho Research Forest

Stephanie Kobler, Matt Bresler, Paul Velte, Rick Serraro & Shane Murphy
Spring 2006
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Project Summary
Goals
Strategies
Measurements of Success
Photos

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Project Summary

The Jericho Forest’s Greenwood Yurt will provide a circular space for conversations between community members, academics and students. Wood harvested from Jericho will be used to construct a Bill Coperthwaite 24-ft diameter yurt. Our project aims to initiate the process of the yurt’s design and construction.

 

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Goals

It is our goal to accomplish the tasks necessary to make the construction of a yurt a reality. We will incorporate methods of sustainable design, harvesting and building into our project. We will construct a model of the design, assess the ecological integrity of materials along with construction processes, and coordinate builders for the yurts’ construction.

 

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Strategies

  • Since our group is not composed of architects, landscapers or professional builders, we do not have the technical skills to design and build this yurt. However, we will be a part of the design/build process and hope that our ideas for design and building will be incorporated into the final design. Incorporating both technical and non-technical information will help JRF managers create a place that is socially and scientifically valuable for the greater community.
  • Communication is a crucial step in goal achievement. Initial communications with a landscape architect, builders, an employee of Jericho's zoning department and UVM faculty members helps to establish community partners. We will try to establish these crucial relationships with the necessary people to obtain our goals.
  • We need to make a design for the yurt that is feasible for the site and meets the goals of the JRF managers. We will find a design for the decking of the yurt that we can eventually use in the building process and it will also help us to estimate the board feet that we will need for the deck itself.
  • Photography is an important tool which allows group members to reference a remote site. It also allows people who have not visited the site to experience it visually.

 

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Measurements of Success

Our group aimed to complete the zoning application, ensure the wood milling and site preparation, obtain Bill Coperthwaite yurt design plans and begin the yurts construction. We accomplished there tasks to achieve our goal of initiating the process of a successful yurt design and construction.

 

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