Grain Silo in Iowa Converted into Soaring Ice Climbing Wall

Andreas Shaw

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Link: http://inhabitat.com/grain-silo-in-iowa-converted-into-a-large-ice-climbing-wall/

This article briefly talks about how avid ice climbers in Iowa were upset about the fact that there wasn’t anywhere to climb nearby. Don Briggs, a University of Northern Iowa professor had to get creative and eventually received permission to convert abandoned grain silos into ice climbing walls to serve the community.

 

This article reminded me of this week’s lecture’s idea of why spend money and resources to destroy when you can leave it be and for a fraction of the price change it into something that can be enjoyed by the community. Comparing it to The Highline, once a elevated train track that was eventually abandoned and left to overgrow, forgotten by the residents of the area and seen as more of an inconvenience. Rather that spending hundreds of thousands of dollars tearing it down, a group of designers and thinkers got together to take this abandoned structure and turn it into a landmark that can be enjoyed by the community.

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One Response to Grain Silo in Iowa Converted into Soaring Ice Climbing Wall

  1. Barbara says:

    Andreas, this is a great connection. Let’s use your example to segue into some of Bargmann’s points and a discussion of her practice.

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