About 10 years ago I was starting school of architecture in Mérida. And for three years I was part of a church group that went on mission trips into little communities outside of Merida. During one of those trips I had an experience that changed my life...
In 2006 I decided to go to the Rural Studio after seeing the amazing things that you had accomplished here and the help that you guys have brought to the community. I was part of the outreach program together with Alex, Kelly, Natalie and Susan.
Almost 7 months later we started the construction on site, we used a platform frame construction technique on footing that will allow us to place the project in any site without having to do much to it. And to have the least possible waste we adapted the measurement of the house to the local materials that were available. I learned a lot through this experience, much more than I can tell you in this presentation. I learned that 2x4s are not necessarily 2 by 4, and that just like in Mexico, peoples´ lives could be improved significantly if we are willing to help.
“You can´t connect the dots looking forward; you can only connect them looking backwards. So you have to trust that somehow the dots will connect in your future.” - Steve Jobs