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For the first time in my life and career, I have works for sale and today I encourage you to buy art and support works, my “body of play” that promote and create connection, celebrate life, subvert and transform societal and environmental issues that need transforming and which are outrageous acts of boundless unity.

And this is how I’m making a living because this is my full-time “activism” and contribution to society. In appreciation of your support through purchases, connections and positive energy towards fulfilling the flow of currency that sustains, let’s keep these works, these “plays” going!! And let’s get them far! They’re off hatching, sprouting, transforming negative into beautiful! obstacles into opportunities! disruption into inspirational!   Inquire within



Flag of US – 48″ X 96″ painted wood and oil pastels

Letters from Iran – 56″ X 96″ on dibond



NY A/V Concept Drawing – 10.5″ x 27″ on archival matte paper


Impromptu Drawing of US: We Are *Almost All Immigrants Concept Drawing – 11″ X 17″ on archival matte paper


PROXY_Florence Concept Drawing – 10.5″ x 27″ on archival matte paper


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Flag of US tutorial

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Are you interested in making a Flag of US in your community? Here’s a tutorial for you. Please hatch tag the project #FlagOfUS. Get in touch too and let us know about the project, share photos and stories. It’s simple to get together, create together, share and connect.

More information on Flag Of US

Flag of US and Drawing for Action


June 8, 2017 – Let’s transform our American flag into a Flag of US. Join us for a participatory drawing and improvisational music event of sharing in which we break down imaginary boundaries that divide us while we create together playfully. Everyone is welcome! The performance is created in real time by the participants: those feeling marginalized and those in solidarity with the marginalized. We will meet around a large table that has been painted to represent the American flag. After eating and mingling on this flag/table, we will draw each other’s faces—and faces on top of faces—to the stop-and-go rhythm of the emerging music we create together. Flag of US is based on the game of Musical Chairs—but in this activity, no one is ever left out.

Join us also for Drawing for Action. Dream up your solutions to issues of concern while exploring your own voice in a supportive space of community, exploration and healing.

The events will take place at THE BLOCK Off Biltmore, Downtown Asheville, 39 S. Market Street (corner of Eagle and Market) on Sunday, July 2nd as part of our national day weekend celebration.


Drawing for Action:             12:00 a.m. – 3:00 p.m. $29 per person, brunch food and beverages will be available for purchase. Supplies will be provided. Reserve your spot at “pay now” button below.

Flag of US:                     5:30 p.m. – 8:30 p.m. $1-$10 sliding scale cover charge. Alcoholic beverages and refreshments will be available for purchase. Participants are invited to bring a dish and musical instruments to share. Drawing supplies will be provided. The completed Flag of US will be on display at THE BLOCK OFF Biltmore.

Reserve your spot for Drawing for Action at pay button below as there is limited space. Flag of US tickets may be purchased at the door.

No experience with drawing or playing an instrument is required in order to participate in either of these two activities. We will do this together. We will help each other out. We are going to have fun! Three languages that we all understand—food, drawing, and music—will guide us through the process and bring us together. Come spend our national holiday in community and creativity. Families, friends and those who want to make new friends are invited. All are invited and welcome!

Watch our recent Flag of US emerging in this 37 sec. video

Watch an earlier version of this activity at Our Voices, Our Stories in 2012

Drawing for Action samples of works and more information



 The Impromptu Drawing is the inspiration of Asheville-based artist Martha Skinner, who says:

The idea for these two activities and events came to me as a way to counter the hateful rhetoric going on in our nation today. The marginalization of people is of course not a new phenomenon, yet now more than ever we need to offset all that’s harming us with positivity, creativity and transformation. The Flag of US project is not new, either. It has been in development and practiced since my early years teaching art and architecture, more than two decades ago. It has served as an icebreaker with my students; on the first day of class, it helps everyone to feel comfortable with each other, and to lose any inhibitions about drawing. In this activity, everyone draws together, on top of each other’s drawings. As a collective drawing begins to emerge, there is no sense of ownership of the drawing, and therefore no judgments of “right” or “wrong,” as the drawing is everyone’s. The same open, creative process goes for the music and for the individual morning of Drawing for Action. The intent behind these events is to share and to break down walls. We just recently completed our first Flag of US (originally called Impromptu Drawing of US: We *Are Almost All Immigrants) in March at the art studio of Connie Bostic. The Drawing for Action project emerged over hearing teenagers express their feelings about our current political situation just shortly after Election Day. Our first session, for young adults, happened shortly after that. Since others expressed the need to be a part of this, now it’s open to every age group with the idea that families will join in together.

musical table

Martha Skinner is an American citizen who was born in Colombia S.A. Her parents immigrated to the U.S. when Martha was just 13—a challenging time for such a transition started in high school in Miami, where racial and cultural divisions led to tensions were among Cubans, African Americans, Caucasians, and recent immigrants, mostly from Central America. For many years she lived in many places and understands that the beauty of life comes from the array of cultures and experiences that we share. Martha is an artist, designer, educator, and mother. Her work, which stems from her involvement in all these fields, takes the form of participatory installations and products that investigate and attempt to restore balance to some of the environmental and humanitarian issues of our society.

THE BLOCK off Biltmore is our local space in downtown Asheville for “Building community and inclusive friendship between diverse movements, where social justice issues are discussed, actions formulated, and deep, healing happens”.

Drawing Class for teens

The Class

If your young adult loves to draw or is interested in exploring this medium, share this with them and bring them to my two hour afternoon sessions on Thursdays 4:30-6:30. Our new session starts on November 17 and runs through December 15 for 5 weeks of fun and collaboration. The class is also good for those who see the beauty of our visual world or are curious in developing that capacity.

About you

I listen and flow with the interest of each individual, crafting a collaborative environment that is inspiring. In it, each student is guided by their strengths and passions to bring out each unique visual voice while developing new skills and confidence. Class size limit – 5 of you!


About me

I am a professor, an artist/designer and a mother of a teen and an artist. I have taught at the university level in the area of visualization for 18 years in places like Prague, Hong Kong, South Carolina, and Michigan. I have worked in this realm with teens in Florida, New York, Barcelona, and North Carolina. I studied in Florida, New York, Paris and Barcelona and in so many other crevices in the trajectory of my daily life. More about me. Excited to form a new group and share in creativity and curiosity. Let’s have fun!  – Martha

How we play
Here is a sample of how I often start my group classes :
Musical Table – a version of the Musical Chair, where no one is left behind. People of all ages drew together in this one.
About Musical Table in the Mountain Express by Ursula Gullow

Here is a local project by teens created and led by me :
What is Asheville? – The City of Asheville as a Living Board Game


Sample drawings by my young students

$280. $140 will secure your place in the class; $140 due at the start of class. For more information or to enroll, please call me at (864) 650-8570
14 year old student Cannon developing her style

Sample drawings by my young students

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15 year old Devi’s first day at class


14 year old Cannon developing her style

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14 year student developing her style


Nude drawings from The Saturday program at the Copper Union. High school students lead by me and other Cooper Union students.

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SEED_Haiti is an environmental and humanitarian solution for providing relief housing with the adaptive reuse of surplus ISO shipping containers which in time turn into permanent homes. This solution uses the many shipping containers that are already in Haiti and the large number of shipping containers that are being sent to Haiti with relief supplies. In the coming months, there will be thousands of containers arriving to Haiti. SEED_Haiti is working on a strong incentive package to get this surplus of containers donated from the shipping industry for homes in Haiti rather than storing them or transporting them empty.

Key elements of the SEED_Haiti Design

Haiti’s hurricane season is approaching. The estimated 500,000+ of homeless need to be housed in stables structures quickly. The containers with their unibody construction of Cor-Ten steel, are not only hurricane and earthquake proof, they are also fire, mold, and vandalism proof. The design is able to seal back up in the case of another natural disaster protecting a family’s valuable possessions so that when they return home they are not starting from scratch again.

The SEED design transforms a 40’ shipping container into a home for 6-10 people with a minimum amount of effort. The container is cut with readily available equipment and utilizes low impact foundation technology to lift the home off the ground for ventilation and protect from flood. It is also covered with a secondary roof to keep the home cool. It is a low cost emergency solution. Incentives should be given to shipping companies to donate their surplus containers in Port-au-Prince and arriving containers with relief supplies.

The SEED home is equipped with 2 low cost pallet sized “pods” (water pod and energy pod) that meet the basic needs of access to drinking water, human sanitation and food preparation.

These elements are a micro infrastructure that provides self sufficiency a key element for place that has lost all infrastructure.

Possible questions of the SEED_Haiti Design

Is housing people in shipping containers appropriate?

Not only does it effectively protect the people that would otherwise be homeless or in tents, it protects them better than before. The container’s unibody structure is stronger than the homes which collapsed during the earthquake. As a dwelling type, container housing is already common as part of many countries vernacular and is being more commonly used in construction including luxury housing.

How do you transport such heavy structures?

The shipping container is the backbone of the global trade. Virtually every country in the world, including Haiti, has equipment for handling shipping containers. Transporting them from the port to a building site will be the same challenge for any emergency housing. In fact, other building materials and equipment will be delivered to Haiti in shipping containers.

Isn’t such a material (steel) in the Caribbean a bad choice in terms of heat gain?

The material will not overturn or collapse, but it will also not mold or burn. A canopy that is part of the design, provides not only shade and an additional space on the roof of the structure, but also a tunnel draft of air which insulates the roof. The emergency garden proposed for the roof also serves as insulation. The container’s simple cuts in the horizontal planes, provide natural cross ventilation.

For more information, visit

Proxy Florence

PROXY Florence was exhibited at the Beyond Media 2009 Festival, Visions in Florence, Italy from July 9th to 17th.

PROXY Florence is a dynamic map and a collective story of Florence created through the interplay of virtual space and physical space and the interaction of 500 collaborators from 27 countries.

The project used facebook to connect and collaborate. It used Google Panoramio’s interface to collect and organize the individual images of Florence captured, envisioned, or remembered by each of the 500 contributors from across the globe. PROXY Florence used Variable Data Printing to convert the individual images collected into 500 unique, tangible postcards that were organized spatially by their coordinate data.

These images were mapped according to the image’s remembered or imagined location. These numerous images were returned to their origin in Florence, Italy and specifically, as a scale down version of this city, at Stazione Leopolda, the space of the exhibition. The focus of PROXY 1.0 was [43°46’22”N – 11°15’27”E] from July 9 – 17.

The visitors of this event were invited to dismantle the exhibit by removing the postcard of their choice. By taking a postcard, mailing to a friend, the cycle is continued.

PROXY Florence is mapping the route of the image and connecting the recipient of the postcard with the origin of the photo and its taker.

If you took a postcard in Florence, go to to register your postcard.

Thanks for participating! Thanks also to our sponsors and to everyone who worked on this project!!!


Clemson Advancement Foundation, Clemson University
McMahan Fund for Excellence, Clemson University
College of Architecture, Arts & Humanities, Clemson University
Modern Postcard
Each of our 500 collaborators who gave a dollar with each image submitted

Check out the videos and photos posted here and at the project’s website

1/11 Dispersed Memorial Announces its Vision to Honor 9/11 Victims

Asheville, North Carolina – Jan 11, 2011 — A project to honor the lives of 9/11 victims, Dispersed Memorial, is setting its goals for the 10th and 11th anniversaries of the tragedy. Thousands of glass plates, inscribed with written dedications to victims and an outline of the missing Twin Towers, will populate New York City in locations where the towers were once visible. The memorials will create a dispersed constellation of markers throughout the city that will connect the stories of loved ones and materialize a collective memory.

Each glass plate outline of the Twin Towers will correspond to the memory of the city’s skyline in varying locations. At night, the markers will light up one by one as an echo to the candles that were lit for the lives of victims in the days following 9/11, and will illuminate the inscriptions of stories, letters, poems and names that honor each victim. The memorial allows each contributor to choose the location of the glass plates where they wish to honor victims.

Dispersed Memorial was conceptualized in 2001 by Martha Skinner and Doug Hecker of fieldoffice, an interdisciplinary practice which challenges the distinctions between architecture, urbanism, and art. Their design response was related to their firm’s focus on the temporal quality of social responses to tragedy. Co-founder Martha Skinner explained, “As a former resident of New York City, I felt like I needed to be there, to be part of people coming together to deal with the situation, to heal, and to share something in common.” In anticipation of the 10th and 11th anniversaries of the event, fieldoffice has expanded the team to work with individuals ranging from urban planners, university professors, artists and architecture students, and is inviting additional collaborators.

By collecting and installing the stories behind the lives of 9/11 victims, Dispersed Memorial explores concepts of dispersed memory as a continual presence in a city and how that memory can connect people. “There is a sacredness within the fabric of the city. It is about the memory of the Twin Towers as an orienting device, and entire lives, and the losses that affected so many people,” Skinner said.

For more information about the project team and collaborative opportunities, visit the Dispersed Memorial website:

For high resolution images of the project,
Martha Skinner
Co-founder of Dispersed Memorial

10 ^ 10

10^1 propagates and executes simple and beautiful design ideas that have humanitarian and environmental impact!

10^2 exploits contemporary communication media and building technologies to provide smart design system solutions to pressing global problems!

10^3 harnesses the power of the individual within the collective for culturally sensitive local effects that spread globally!

10^10 projects:

1. Address a pressing humanitarian, environmental, and social need.

2. Exploit contemporary technologies to execute visionary and innovative ideas to systemic global problems.

3. Be simple, smart and quickly implemented while still being adaptable, flexible, and beautiful.

4. Address the individual scale with as much detail as the global scale with a focus on exponential effect.

SEED_Haiti inaugurates what will be a series of 10^10 projects with exponential effects. The situation in Haiti, in which 1,000,00+ people were suddenly left homeless on January 12, 2010 led to this question? How to use the Powers of 10 to house people quickly yet sensibly! Other 10^10 projects include Dispersed Memorial, superABSORBER, Dry-In House, BiCi_N, and PROXY_Florence.

Proxy Florence Opens

PROXY Florence collaborated with friends from many coordinates in the world. The volunteers and contributors represented the following 27 countries:

Hungary, Spain, Greece, China, Iran, Israel, France, Portugal, Italy, Japan, Netherlands, Germany, Romania, United States, Chile, United Kingdom, Switzerland, Colombia, Jordan, Venezuela, Canada, Serbia, Brazil, Bulgaria, Chile, Russia, Bosnia and Herzegovina.

Project team:

Martha Skinner, Douglas Hecker, Lauren Mitchell, Charlie Bryant (sound), Joshua Kehl, Brian Miele, Brian Leounis, Sarah Moore, Suzanne Bodson, Ayaka Tanabe, Liz Corr, Clay Montgomery, Nathan Asire, Jake DeMint, Adam James, Carla Landa and Jason Butz.


Chris Wilkins, Hali Knight, Virginia Black, Sofia Avramopoulou, Benedetta Cavallini, Erica Bucciarelli, Marco Caroti, Kristian Fosholt, Laura Tedeschi, Mauricio Skinner, David De Sevi Bruzual, Eric Brockmeyer, Nathaniel Zuelzke, Olivier Ilegems, Guillaume La Belle, and Kyle Perry.


Katalin Beck, Gerard Cuartero-Betriu, Anat Katsir, Mostafa Zaafari, Vassilis Kyriakopoulos, Rachel Sellers, Ayaka Tanabe, Erhmei Yuan, Matilde Cassani, Adie Hailat, Patricia Muñiz Núñez, Catalina Gomez, Mea Zatric, Speranta-Octavia Maior, Gerald Lehmacher, Youssef Boubekeur, and Gijs Beesems.

Guest critics:

Enrique Larrañaga, David Lee, Dan Harding, and Chuck Krekelberg.

lectures + forums

2007 “Space/Time Mapping – The City as Moving Images”
Texas A&M, College of Architecture Lecture Series
Lecture as part of the college’s Spring Lecture Series entitled Ways of
Perceiving and Understanding organized by Malcolm Quantrill. Other lecturers include Dr. Gul Russell, professor of History of Medicine and Humanities, Anthony Vidler, Dean of the Irwin S. Channin School of Architecture of The Copper Union, Simon Velez, Bamboo Architect, Colombia S.A.
Preston Geren Auditorium, Texas A&M, College Station, Texas

2007 “Semi-Mass Customization between Automated and Manual”
The University of British Columbia School of arhcitecture + Landscape Architecture Vancouver, Canada
Invited lecturer to the CDRN Paramedic Modeling and Digital Wood Fabrication Workshop and Symposium

2007 “Design for All, Architecture as Product”
American Institute of Architects, Greenville Chapter
lecture at monthly luncheon
Palmetto Expo Center, Greenville, South Carolina

2006 “Alternative Mappings”
The University of Florida Hong Kong Program, Hong Kong
Presentation of research on issues of temporality, public space, and representation

2006 “Time/Space Mappings in Audio and Video”
AIAS Lecture Series, Clemson University
Invited by AIAS to present lecture to the student body, presentation of research and teaching on issues of representation and mapping from the body to the city

2006 digital.material
Founded/organized a symposium on digital fabrication methods and how they are transforming conventional materials. Lectures included Karl Daubman, Craig Scott, Jeremy Ficca, Marta Male and Pedro Sousa
Clemson University

2006 “Slow Take: Temporal Mappings in Audio and Video”
The University of Florida, Gainesville, Florida
Presentation of research on issues of temporality, public space, and representation

2006 “Fast Craft: The Silhouette House”
The University of Florida, invited lecture, Gainesville, Florida
Invited lecture presenting research of mass customization in the wood industry

2006 “Mass-Customization in the Wood Industry”
Clemson University Restoration Institute
Clemson, South Carolina                                             Material methods faculty exchange

2005 “A Section – Dissection of Time/Space: the Study of one City”
Spot on Schools – Beyond Media/ Oltre I Media, Ospedale degli Innocenti, Florence Italy
Invitation to lecture on fieldoffice NY A/V Map project
Universita degli Studi di Firenze, Facolta di Architettura and iMage

2005 Spots on Schools – Beyond Media/ Oltre I Media, Stazione Leopolda, Florence Italy
Invitation to be participate in the SCRIPT discussion
Universita degli Studi di Firenze, Facolta di Architettura and iMage

2005 “Rapid Prototyping and Digital Manufacturing”                                           AIA South Carolina Small Projects Conference

2005 “Ephemeralities Documented: Drawing, Trajectory and Urban Intervention”
Clemson Advancement Foundation Lecture Series, Clemson University

2005 “Design Process: From Toys to Urban Interventions”
Clemson University lecture to 1st year students

2005 “What we do Outside of Studio”
AIAS Lecture Series, Clemson University
Invited by the AIAS to present lecture to the student body

2004 “A/V Mappings” Cornell University, Ithaca New York
presentation of A/V Mappings research and fieldoffice NY A/V Map to Walking Tours of Manhattan Course

2004 “Contemporary Digital Manufacturing Practices in Architecture”
iMAP (Interaction of Machines and People) Research Group
Clemson, SC

2003 “Thesis Works”                                           AIA South Carolina Small Projects Conference

1998 “Materials Reinvented” (with Douglas Hecker) New Designers New Materials Forum
New York, New York
fieldoffice, Studio 360, Scott Habjan – AIA Young Architects Group and The Van Alen Institute moderated by Paola Antonelli, curator of Design and Architecture at the Museum of Modern Art, New York and editor of Mutant Materials in Architecture


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November 2017

Flag of US in Latitude & Longitude 35*35’15.1″ N – 82*33″16.6″ W – Asheville Arts Council. Opening Nov. 3rd 5-8 exhibit through Nov. 22. Group show curated by Victor Palomino. Refinery Building, 207 Coxe Ave. Asheville, NC  Watch Flag of US at the Refinary with commentary on the project by Martha Skinner

Living Section Retrospective of My Fertility opening Nov. 1st. Exhibit from Nov. 1st – Dec. 15. Gallery hours M-F 10-4. Weizenblatt Art Gallery in the Moore Fine Arts Building at Mars Hill University, 79 Cascade Street., Mars Hill, NC

Living Section Retrospective of My Fertility by Martha Skinner published in WNC Woman, women creating community. Link to article

Retrospective on my fertility and first time solo show of my body of work of 19 years at the Weizenblatt Gallery at Mars Hill University Mars Hill, N.C. Living Section – Maps and Faces as Cycles of Life in Full Scale and the launch of a new project! Opening reception on November 1st. Exhibit runs from November 1st through December 15th Artist Statement and Invitation

October 2017

Article Interacting with art: Martha Skinner explores different ways to create by Thomas Calder in the Mountain Xpress – October 26  Link to article

Participating in Latitude & Longitude group exhibit at the Asheville Arts Council curated by Victor Palomino. October 27 – November 22. Opening reception on November 3rd. The project that I will produce/ display will be revealed at a later date. More info about the exhibit

August 2017

Exhibit of Impromptu Drawing of US : We Are Almost *All Immigrants at the Weizenblatt Gallery at Mars Hill University, Mars Hill, NC. Opening reception on August 30th. Exhibit runs from August 22 – September 22.

July 2017

Flag of US performance and exhibit at THE BLOCK off Biltmore, Asheville, NC. for the July 4th celebrations by turning our American Flag into a Flag of US

June 2017

Flag of US and Drawing for Action featured in Smart Bets, Mountain Xpress

Interview on Asheville FM – La Radio By Victor Palomino and Andrew Rainey on Flag of US on June 26 at 6:00 p.m.

May 2017

Leading Mothers and Daughters Making Together on Mother’s Day, a making ceremoy of mothers

March 2017

Impromptu Drawing of US : We Are Almost *All Immigrants performance and gathering at Connie Bostic’s art studio in Fairview, NC

February 2017

Interview on Asheville FM – La Radio on Impromptu Drawing of US : We Are Almost *All Immigrants

January 2017

Leading a group of students on the Design of a Greenhouse and teaching the Sustainable Design Course at Asheville-Buncombe Technical community College, Construction Management, Building Science, & Sustainable Technologies Department

September 2016

Dispersed Memorial and Impromptu Memorial published in  9/11 Memorial Competition: Unique Visions and Stories by Lester Levine, McFarland & Company, Inc., Publishers Jefferson, North Carolina 

June 2016

Become ambassador of LUDANTIA, 1st Biennal of Education of Architecture for Youth and Children

May 2016

TEDx talk – The Exponential Power of Design on YouTube Link to TEDx talk on YouTube

June 2015

Presentation of The Exponential Power of Design at the Centre de Cultura Contemporania de Barcelona, Metropolis Program of Architecture and Urban Culture, Barcelona, June 21

May 2015

Dia de los Trasos displayed at the School of Architecture, University of Thessaly, Pedion Areos, Volos, Greece Opening: Friday, May 15, 2015. Exhibit May 16 – June 7

April 2015

Tedx Greenville HeadVROOM – TEDx presenter – The Exponential Power of Design, April 10

January 2015

Made the cut for the TEDx talk – topic, The Exponential Power of Design Link to HeadVROOM Speaker Profile: Martha Skinner

November 2014

University of Hawaii, Manoa – School of Architecture guest critic. Graduate Architecture Course – Waikiki by Proxy in collaboration with Lauren Mitchell. 11/20/16 Entertainment, Culture and Urbanism

Made the cut round 3 of the TEDx selection process

September 2014

Nominated to do a TEDx talk, Greenville, South Carolina

May 2014

Texas Tech University, College of Architecture – Final reviews critic – May 5, and 6th

DVD release – Le Scramble Debutant – Art Lessons, work with sound painter Kimathi Moore for Allen Zane’s DVD

April 2014

Exquisite Corpse Installation – participated in piece by composer and experimental sound artist Elisa Faires – April 4. At the Black Mountain College grounds as par of {re}happening organized by The Black Mountain College Museum + Arts Center and the Media Arts Project

Impromptu and How a Second can Change the Outcome – exhibit curator at the Asheville Arts Council. March 28-April 25

January 2014

Attended and presented a paper in Hawaii as part of the Arts, Humanities, Social Sciences and Education Conference with paper titled Mapping by Every[Body] + the Intricate Relationship between the City and Collective Action.

November 2013 – April 2014

Organizer of the {re}Happening event with an interdisciplinary team of people at the Black Mountain Museum + Art Center.

April 2013

All in the Spectrum – designing schools for people in the autism spectrum. Event curator, professor and designer – April 12 at Mojo Coworking with Clemson University Architecture students and guests: Catherine Faherty, author, Ron Larsen authors of Neurotypical, architect of schools Chuck Krekelberg and others including talented and individuals in the spectrum.

Impromptu performance in Voices – participant lead by artist Amanda Wiles – April 7 for {re}Happening at the At the Black Mountain College grounds as par of {re}happening organized by The Black Mountain College Museum + Arts Center and the Media Arts Project

March 2013

SEED published in Urgent Architecture by Bridgette Meinhold wwnorton

December 2012

Design Curator of XAVL –  prompt to artists: Zero, Sim, Zed……………> December 15

The Power and Place of Design in conjunction with the exhibition Looking Forward at Buckminster Fuller’s Legacy – Black Mountain College Museum + Arts Center – presentation on 10^10, The Exponential Power of Design on December 6

November 2012

Small is Big, small solutions with big effectsexhibit Black Mountain College Museum + Arts center

April 2012

Creative Connectivity by Carol Motsinger in the Asheville Citizen Times.  April 8

10X10, A Table, performance and exhibit at Enka High School. collective activity of music and drawing at Enka’s High School Media Center from 6-8 on April 12 and an evening of diversity and belonging through drama, music, drawing and dance as part of the Our Stories, Our Voices traveling exhibition.

Motion Mapping on exhibit at {re}happening in the former grounds of the Black Mountain College in Lake Eden, Black Mountain. April 7 4-midnight Link to event

March 2012

Motion Mapping on exhibit at {pre}Happening at the Artery, home of the Asheville Arts Council. . March 30 6-9 p.m.

Motion Mapping, BiCi_N and NY A/V on exhibit at the Asheville Art Museum as part of the celebratory opening of Asheville Art Museum New Media Gallery. Opening events:  March 21 at 7:30, March 23 dance party at 7:30, March 25 family day 1-4. Exhibit until September 9. Link to the Asheville Art Museum’s New Media Gallery schedule

ARTIST CALL/ IMMIGRATION PROJECT 10 x 10, A Table. If you came to the U.S. from another country and like to draw or make music JOIN US on March 1st for a music and drawing jam! Let us know if you want to PARTICIPATE. Thanks Ursula Gullow for the Mountain Xpress call for artist. Link here for information.

10×10, A Table on exhibit at UNC Asheville, Highsmith Union Gallery. Join us at the opening on March 1st from 7-9 p.m. The exhibit will run until March 31 (closed on March 3,4, and 10, 11). Call for participants! If you want to be part of this cross-cultural collective music/drawing, let us know.

NY A/V in Bold Life. The article Changing Channels by Jonathan Rich speaks of the new addition of the Asheville Art Museum in which NY A/V will be exhibited. Thanks so much to the Asheville Art Museum jury for including this work in this exciting development!

NY A/V in Ready for Prime Time Exhibit at CityMac. The project was presented amongst other works to celebrate what artists in the WNC area are doing with New Media.

BiCi_N and NY A/V selected for exhibit at the Asheville Art Museum. The projects which map two city’s activities from the point of view of it’s users are selected by the Ready for Prime Time Media jury for the upcoming exhibit that will inaugurate the museum’s New Media Gallery.

December 2011

10X10, A Table project mentioned in ART BETS, Mountain Xpress by Ursula Gullow

10X10, A Table project mentioned in Verve Magazine

10X10, A Table emerges at the opening reception of Our Stories, Our Voices Exhibit by Victor Palomino. The piece is on exhibit at the ARTERY at the River Arts District of Asheville. It is for sale to benefit the Asheville Arts Council, 10^10 and the participants. Link to time-lapse of 10X10 as it emerges!

Upcoming project in the Citizens-Times 10X10, A Table: 10^10 project which involving the participation of 10X10 immigrants is mentioned in an article by Carol Motsinger


November 2011 

Call for Artists / Immigrants for a performance / art piece on immigration.

SEED_Haiti exhibited at RE Show in Dallas, Texas on Nov. 19 at the RE studio. RE  Gallery + Studio investigates repurposing, reclaiming, recycling, and retrofitting in art and design.

10^10 event featured in Verve Magazine, Exponential Potential by Beth Ellen and Matt Rose.

10^10 Blow Out and 10^10 on 10/10 at 10:10 a performance in 10 Voices! Thanks so much to all who made these two events happen. For photos, click here!

September 2011

10^10 on 10/10 at 10:10 a performance in 10 Voices begins ticket sales Join 10^10 on 10/10 for a performance at 10:10 in 10 voices by Elisa Faires at 10 S. Lexington, home of the French Broad Chocolate Lounge. The French Broad Chocolate Lounge will serve each guest a chocolate truffle and a glass of wine. Doors open from 9-11 p.m. Performance starts at 10:10 sharp. Link to tickets and other details

10^10 Blow Out begins ticket sales Join us on October 8th at the Pink Dog Creative in the River Art District of Asheville for a performance with  Ship to Shore, Paper Tiger, The Asheville Contemporary Art Theatre, David McConville, Elisa Faires, Kuma Sonics and Gene Felice.

10^10 announces October event at Pink Dog Creative in Asheville Join us on October 8 at 7:30 in the River Art District, 342 Depot Street! 10^10 Collaborates with Local Artists for Exponential Performance Raising Awareness to the Power of Design. Guests are invited to express their own visions of exponential design at the event.

dispersed memorial on Art & Design

dispersed memorial on Archinect Link

dispersed memorial on Arch Daily by Ethel Baraona Pohl Link to feature

dispersed memorial to be exhibited locally and globally in an emerging collective constellation of images and exchange. On 9/11, join us in Asheville at 5 Walnut or virtually at

August 2011

Asheville resident marks Sept. 11th anniversary with ‘impromptu memorial’  The Asheville Citizen Times Article on dispersed memorial by Jason Standford

dispersed memorial launches new website with collective memorial emerging Link to the dispersed site

10^10 working on upcoming 10/10 event and forming exciting collaborations which will articulate the Power of Design in October.


July 2011

CiTy – SCAN is selected for feature in The Next Idea Ars Electronica Blog ” The Next Idea Blog “is a place for new ideas and concepts which have the potential to shape our future for the better…  striving to conceptualize something in a totally fresh way, advancing it to the next level and significantly enhancing it thereby.” Martha Skinner “showed that a participatory approach can generate a much more accurate impression of a city. Link to the blog post of CiTy – SCAN

dispersed memorial team is busy dispersing tiny apertures of light for 9/11. The dispersed memorial team is sharing paper cards as a way to introduce the project and also to prompt conversations of remembrance with the approaching 10 year anniversary of the events of 9/11.

Revamp of 10^10 website. Check it out. Our first visual attempt to articulate its mission publicly. Thanks also for all the new members of our team.

SEED_Haiti completes a big grant application in collaboration with a spectacular national and international team.

June 2011

David McConville, president of the Buckminster Fuller Institute, co-founder of Elumenati and director of the Worldviews Network joins our 10^10 team. David who is also inspired by the Powers of Ten in his own work will join our team us as an advisor. As creative director of the Worldviews Network, a collaboration of scientists, artists, and educators re-imagining the big picture of humanity’s home in the cosmos, he is using immersive environments and interactive scientific visualizations, to facilitate community dialogues across the US about how our collective actions are shaping humanity’s future.

Lauren Mitchell from Clemson University’s School of Architecture and Rhetorics, Communication, Information Design (RCID) program joins our team. Lauren who has been involved in the discussion of 10^10 since its inception, now joins us officially as an advisor.  Her current doctoral research examines design as a form of communication, but specifically communication intended to induce action. She observes a potentially fruitful overlap between architecture and rhetoric that is currently untapped, and wants to reveal these undervalued modes of communicating and persuading, derived from architecture’s unique attunement to physicality and materiality.

International Pollinators Week Martha Skinner discussed the relationship between Pollination and the Exponential Power of Design with five women: Tammy Horn, Debra Roberts, Ashley English, and organizer Sister J SpiritVoice at the Altamont Theater Company in Asheville.

What is Asheville? The City as a Living Gameboard Thanks so much to local Asheville artists Laura Jensen (actress) and Graham Hackett (poet), to the Asheville Design Center, to our HATCHlings and to our volunteers. Check out the video just completed by Brian Miele and Tommy Gun Productions capturing the spirit of this explorative week with the youth of Asheville. To see the video click here

Welcome artist/lawyer Carolina MacWright to our team! Carolina combines both of her passions of the law and art to make tangible the often mystical human freedom.  Carolina joins 10^10 Board of Directors.

Dispersed Memorial designs the perfect project card. A new/complementary vision for the project emerges. Martha Skinner travels to New York City to get started.

May 2011

Thesis competition jury at Southern Polytechnic State University. Martha Skinner participates in the jury of 20 projects with Anne Fougeron, Simone Giostra and Patrick Tighe.

Container Housing: Asheville group applies the power of tens to Haiti’s housing needs by Lorin Mallorine, Mountain Xpress. Link to article

10^10 partners with Que es A? Que es A (Barcelona, Helsinki, Asheville, and Jerez de la Frontera) aims to improve Arts education for children.


April 2011

Happy Earth Day / April 22  / 100 days since 10^10 was launched into an organization. And we have 10 things to share.

SEED_Haiti in Carolina Home and Garden in article titled “Innovative Architects offer Homes of Hope” by Melanie McGee Bianchi.

HATCHING Haiti. Martha Skinner  participated in a panel during HATCH in Asheville with three other passionate women working in Haiti: Janell Kapoor of Kleiworks, Leah Quintal of American Green. Moderated by journalist Lorin Mallorie.

Martha Skinner in the Asheville Citizen Times. Martha Skinner is cited in article by Jason Sandford and Carol Motsinger titled “Asheville’ HATCH aims at ‘creative class’ jobs” as having an impact on the creative economy of the city.

HATCHlings and What is Asheville? is launched. The workshop which took place as part of HATCH, was a week of play and experimentation in the streets of Asheville using Cell phones, GPS, text messaging and mission-driven exploration through the collection of images, sounds, expressions and thoughts. Middle schoolers form various neighborhoods of Asheville turned their city into a Living Gameboard. Their findings were compiled into an interactive collective journal that was dynamically organized and reorganized  with compositions of words, sound, imagery, and play of the city. This lead to VISIONS for the city and a celebration on Earth Day! Thanks so much to Jorge Raedó from ¿QUÉ ES ARQUITECTURA? and local artists Laura Jensen (actress) and Graham Hackett (poet) for joining us. To learn more about HATCHlings and What is Asheville? visit

Martha Skinner in Verve Magazine April issue in article titled “Conceptual Models” by Mick Kelly featuring the women of HATCH and their high concept ideas for the city of Asheville’s event.


March 2011

The SEED_Haiti team will have a kick off meeting on March 29th in Washington D.C. The meeting is a working session with SG Blocks, Coen + Partners Landscape, Volunteers for America, and others for the 250-acre project site in the St. Michele region of Haiti using SEED prototype and agricultural and manufacturing techniques. This is the first phase towards the development of a 21,000-acre site.

SEED as possible inspiration for solutions for Japan by ArchDaily. We are also excited to share that the SEED_Japan team is already forming. Stay tuned! Link to ArchDaily’s post here!

10^10 welcomes Brian Miele into our team! While engaged in the SEED project with professors Martha Skinner and Douglas Hecker, Brian became convinced of his future role in documentary filmmaking and has since followed the progress and engaged us in questions and discussions while capturing it all on film. Now he joins us officially as a 10^10 Fellow. By bringing his architectural perspective to filmmaking, Brian is interested in the juxtaposition of stylistic techniques with sensitive humanitarian topics. He has worked for Galatia Films on marketing Reclaiming the Blade. His first documentary short, Studio Culture, funded by the American Institute of Architects [AIAS], focused on the culture of an architecture studio. Currently, he is developing first full-length documentary, Life in a Box, recently submitted to the Sundance Documentary Fund, which follows three stories revolving around the tragedy in Haiti and relevance of architecture. Thanks so much Brian for your dedication and passion and for being one of those people who contributes to  making design accessible to all who need it.

10^10 has partnered with Global City 2.0, a worldwide network of blogs and websites of neighbourhoods, cities or urban projects and ideas, promoted by engaged citizens or groups, thinking collectively about the future of the places where they live and work.

February 2011

10^10 / an interpretation of The Powers of Ten 1968 film by Charles and Ray Eames competes in the Core77Challenge “Powers of 10”. Thanks Brian Miele for his video 10^10 which introduces the 10^10 concept and the inaugural SEED_Haiti project through the lens of the the renowned and inspirational film of the Eames’s. Thanks also to Dylan Thomas (sound), Wonderworld TV (some footage collection). To see the video click here!

Congratulation Sarah Moore who joins 10^10 as our first fellow. Sarah will be our Writing Intern Fellow! We are looking forward to Sarah’s great contribution to our team with her love for writing and the built environment. Sarah received her Bachelor of Arts in Architecture from Clemson University and is pursuing a Masters of Architecture student at Washington University in Saint Louis and is Danforth Scholar there this year. In 2005 she received regional awards for her poetry and was an American Voice Nominee for her short fiction. In 2010 she was invited to contribute her undergraduate architecture portfolio, titled “Architecture Narrates,” to Harold Linton’s upcoming 4th Edition Portfolio Design. In 2008 she spent a  month in New Orleans volunteering for fieldoffice for the Dry-In House’s construction, an experience which sparked her explorations of the portrayal of civic spaces in cultural narratives, and she hopes to eventually research the specific use of cultural variations of spatial language in literature.

10^10′s founder, Martha Skinner is in this month’s issue of Verve Magazine, Western North Carolina’s Smartest Magazine for Women. Thanks Jess McCuan, editor of Verve , for including a short about 10^10′s launch and our inaugural project in their February issue. For those of you following the SEED_Haiti project, there are some exciting news here. Thanks to everyone who made our January event happen and for the support  on this endeavor.


January 2011

Thanks immensely for braving the storm and joining us this month, on 1/12/11  for the launch of 10^10 as a non-profit and to benefit SEED_Haiti. We sincerely appreciate your support. It was great to have you here to launch a project of hope on such an important date of remembrance! The evening started with an intense moment of silence in candle-light, and then began the launch of 10^10 with performances by Ol’Hoopty and Royal Peasantry, and videos of the inaugural project, SEED_Haiti. Thanks so much to all of our sponsors. Visit us here to see photos of the event and to find out who made it happen

The earthquake in Haiti occurred today 1/12/11 one year ago at 4:53 local Haiti time! Join us in silence at that time. And if you can, join us also at 6:30 for the 10^10 event.

November 2010

SEED_Haiti to design a community in Haiti. SEED_Haiti is organizing their team in partnership with SG Blocks for the design of a community of 240 acres in Haiti.

October 2010

SEED in Buildipedia Morey Bean’s article The SEED Project at Clemson University: safe Housing for Haitians in Buildipidia – about the work of 10^10, captures the spirit and some of our challenges on the SEED_Haiti project!! it is also a good update on our developments on this effort!

July 2010

SEED_Haiti partners with SG Blocks!

May 2010

Martha Skinner attends the UC Berkeley Alice Agogino Energy and Sustainable Technologies (BEST) Design Lab review Students in Alice Agogino’s class whom we mentored this semester on Homes4Haiti, a project inspired by the work of SEED present their work and developments.


April 2010

SEED is featured by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, National Center for Environmental Research.

SEED is one of the Winners of the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, People, Prosperity and the Planet Awards The award ceremony was hosted by the National Academy of Sciences.

SEED_Haiti at UC Berkeley Haiti Summit Martha Skinner and Dustin White attended the summit, presented the SEED_Haiti proposal and participated in the Engineering and Infrastructure Breakout Session. Session moderated Mary Dihn. The summit was organized by Berkeley students and attended by students, faculty, NGO’s and Haitians. Other breakout sessions: Keynote presentations by Dr. Claudine Michel, UCSB Director for Black Studies, Dr. Mary Comerio, Professor of Architecture and World-renowed Expert in Rebuilding post natural disasters, Dr. Laura Stachel, Founder of We CARE Solar & UCB DrPH Student, Thomas Tighe, President and CEO of Direct Relief Int’l, Dr. Ken Goldberg, UCB Professor of Industrial Engineer & Director of Berkeley Center for New Media, Dr. Richard Deckelbaum, President of Global Health Education Consortium & Columbia CP&S Professor of Nutrition, Pediatrics, Epidemiology, Leslie Voltaire, Ambassador of Haiti, Lead of UN Delegation, and Head of Haiti Reconstruction Commission.

SEED Project on exhibit at the Sixth annual National Sustainable Design Expo on the National Mall in Washington, D.C. SEED project on exhibit as part of Earth Day and to compete for EPA’s People, Prosperity and the Planet Award.

10^10 and SEED_Haiti in Agricultural Innovations Interview Podcast of Doug Hecker and Martha Skinner by Franklyn B. Aragona.

Final review of SEED_Haiti studio under the direction of Martha Skinner with guest Ray Huff, architect from Charleston, Lorin Mallori, journalist working in Haiti, Armando Montilla, educator Clemson.

fieldoffice presents the work of SEED_Haiti among other project projects at Posana in Asheville A group exhibit featuring the work of architect participants at HATCH Asheville Exhibit sponsored by AIA Asheville and HATCH 2010.

SEED_Haiti in PLANET Magazine Moses, Nalina. “Housing for Haiti”. PLANET°. April 12, 2010 LINK to article!

March 2010‎

Public Policy Advisor Amy Budner represents Clemson University with the SEED_Haiti project at the United Nations International Donor’s Conference Towards a New Future for Haiti at the UN in New York.

EcoBotanics joins our team. Thomas Hecker from EcoBotanics who is working on edible gardens joins our team and meets our SEED_Haiti studio virtually for a discussion with the group about the possibilities.

Ove Arup Engineers joins our team. Structural Engineer Ewan Smith from Ove Arup Engineers joins our team!

98th Annual ACSA  Meeting – Re.Building  SEED_Haiti is presented as one of the initiatives put forward for Haiti by School’s of Architecture.

Haiti rewired Martha Skinner joins Haiti Rewired, where people are coming together with their expertise, passion and ideas towards helping Haiti. Martha Skinner is a featured member.

UC Berkeley students prepared assessment of needs survey of Haitians students from UC Berkeley Energy and Sustainable Technologies (BEST) Design Lab under the direction of Professor Alice Agogino and Tobias C. Schultz who we are mentoring this semester, have prepared the following survey in order to access user needs in Haiti.

10^10 and SEED as part Biomimicry: Principles of Nature Influencing Design at Sustainability Practice Network Panel Martha Skinner presented the work of 10^10, SEED as well as superABSORBER and Living Maps NY A/V and BiCi_N as part of a panel discussion at New York University. Other panelists; David Benjamin, Director of the Living Architecture Lab at GSAPP and Principal at The Living, Natalie Jeremijenko, Professor, UCSD Global Distinguished Visiting Professor, The College of Arts and Science, New York University, and Mark Dorfman, Green Chemistry Naturalist, Biomimicry Guild. March 23, 2010.

10^10 at New Paradigms in Communicating Design Culture at the Museum of Contemporary Art (MOCA) Martha Skinner to present 10^10 and Proxy Florence at panel moderated by Armando Montilla. Other panelists: Damir Sinovcic, Editor, South Florida Design Book Magazine and Principal of Liquid Design in Miami, Elite Kedan, Architect, Faculty at FIU School of Architecture, Editor of the recent Book: “Provisional: Emerging Modes of Architecture Practice in USA), Eric Goldemberg, Faculty at FIU School of Architecture, Principal of MONAD Studio in Miami, and Editor of the forthcoming book “Pulsation in Architecture”, a Catalogue of the accompanying same name upcoming Exhibit, Michael Alfonso, Graphic and Web Designer, editor of the Site “The Graphic Gospel”, William Virgil, former Grafitti Artist, who has now gone into graphics and into underground pop sub-cultures. Partner of ABSOLELUTE, a company producing custom laser printing on Sneakers, Alesh Houdek, Internet Blogger of the Site “Critical Miami” and “Buildings and Food” The panel at MOCA!

SEED_Haiti at Pecha Kucha Greenville

10^10 is launched In a matter of minutes more than 1 million people became homeless in Haiti. 10^10 is sustaining awareness, sharing initiatives and working on a solution to this crisis using the Powers of 10! LINK to 10^10! 10^10 has built and is continuing to develop a consortium of engineers, environmentalists, builders, sociologists and is building a large community of support which propagates like the analogue in order to deal with the hugeness of the situation in Haiti. 10^10 is also exploiting the possibilities of the technologies at our disposal for design and collaboration! The question is how do we house people quickly and effectively yet in an urbanism that is culturally sensitive! Stay UP-TO-DATE on our developments! Join our 10^10 Facebook page!

February 2010

UC Berkeley students and Clemson University SEED_Haiti students share their work for Haitistudents from UC Berkeley Energy and Sustainable Technologies (BEST) Design Lab under the direction of Professor Alice Agogino met with Clemson University students working under the direction of Martha Skinner to share their work. Clemson University students are developing the urbanism that emerges out of a disaster with SEED_Haiti. UC Berkeley students are doing interviews and survey to understand user needs.

Jan Holmevik joins our SEED_Haiti studio for a discussion on the potential of Social Media for Action! Clemson Assistant Professor of English, Co-Chair of the RCID Serious Games Colloquium, who conducts research in game design, game culture, digital literacy, social media, visual communication, humanistic informatics, and electracy joins us for team 10^10 presentation of their social media work exploiting the Powers of 10! Feb 22

Kontaine Logistics joins the SEED_Haiti team. Martha Skinner and Doug Hecker meet Kontaine Logistics President Michael Stolarczyk in Charleston for brainstorming ideas!

Article on the work of the SEED_Haiti studio in the Tiger News. Studio builds to help Haiti, Architecture students work on SEED by Katie Spector The Tiger News READ the article!

January 2010

Haiti’s Residential Quick Fix. SEED on Housing Watch “Once the residents of Port-au-Prince are medically stabilized who is going to help rebuild Haiti?” The time is now to mobilize on this. This article in Housing Watch presents the humanitarian and environmental approach of this project! How do we move fast and big yet culturally sensibly!

A SEED of hope in Haiti. Designed to provide emergency housing or hurricane survivors, SEED shipping containers are now being eyed for use in earthquake-ravaged Haiti.  Beautiful title, beautiful message, beautiful project. Let’s plant a SEED of hope. SEED on Mother Nature Network. READ the article!

Hope for Haiti Housing. Retrofitting common shipping boxes a possible solution. SEED on METRO NEWS.

SEED_Haiti studio launched RED Tuesdays for a global and local event meant to maintain awareness and support for Haiti. Why Tuesday? The devastating earthquake that left more than 1 million people homeless took place on Tuesday 12, 2010! Why Red?  Red  for pain and suffering! Red for the support of all the relief initiatives! Red for warning that the hurricane season that is fast approaching! Show your support for Haiti by wearing red on Tuesdays.


Martha Skinner coaches a team of students at Berkeley University.

Berkeley Energy and Sustainable Technologies (BEST) Design Lab under the direction of Professor Alice Agogino and Tobias C. Schultz. During the visit to the summit, Martha Skinner traveled met the Berkeley students that she mentored during the year and discussed the steps of a more formal collaboration between our two institutions.

March 31, 2009

Martha Skinner attended the 25th year celebration the Taubman College of Architecture and Urban Planning Fellowships in Architecture Program, University of Michigan at an event held at the Architectural League of New York on March 31, 2009 as an alum Sanders Fellow. “The fellowships, as many as four per year, enable architecture and urban planning practitioners and scholars to be in residence at Taubman College during an academic year and engage in research. While engaging the student body through the teaching of studios and/or seminars, these scholars are provided with resources to advance their research.”

April 22 2010

Martha Skinner attended Provisional: Emerging Modes of Architectural Practice USA by Elite Kedan.

April 9 2010

Martha Skinner attended PRE/TEXT Games and Rhetoric Symposium.Speakers: Dr. Gregory Ulmer, University of Florida, Dr. Ian Bogost, Georgia Tech, and Dr. Jan Rune Holmevik, Clemson University.

March 13, 2010

Martha Skinner attended Imagining a Better Future debates and discussions at Georgia Tech.
Speakers: Alejandro Zaera-Polo, Mack Scogin, Thom Mayne, Elizabeth Diller, Michael Meredith, Jennifer Bonner

Martha Skinner is part of the Go Green team at Clemson Elementary successfully completed the 1st ride your bike and walk to school day.

June 2008

Martha Skinner’s drawings are published in  Architects Draw by Princeton Architectural Press, a book by Sue Ferguson Gussow and the Cooper Union.
to purchase book.

Installation in Barcelona. Martha Skinner in collaboration with Matilde Cassani, Ozge Gur, Stella Tsiontsi and the Metropolis Program did a one day installation at Placa de la Merce in Barcelona.

May 2008

superABSORBER at World Science Festival. A full scale sample of the superABSORBER project is displayed at the World Science Festival in New York City from May 28 – June 1 and presented by Blaine Brownell in a talk entitled “Future Cities: Sustainable Solutions, Radical Designs.”

April 2008

Lecture at University of Barcelona. lecture with collaborator Douglas Hecker entitled “Design for All” at the University of Barcelona Visual Culture Masters on April 16 at 5:00 p.m. at  Barcelona Architecture Center, C/ Nou de San Francesc, 4.

March 2008

superABSORBER in BusinessWeek. superABSORBER is featured in the March 20th issue of BusinessWeek under Green Briefs “Concrete that Cleans the Air” by Adam Aston and John Carey.
BusinessWeek Green Briefs

Metropolis Magazine writes an article on superABSORBER. superABSORBER is in Metropolis Magazine in an article by Suzanne LaBarre titled “School Haze Could Freeways hold the answer to Los Angeles schools’ pollution problem?”

February 2008

superABSORBER is published in Transmaterial 2. superABSORBER is published in Transmaterial 2: A Catalog of Materials That Redefine our Physical Environment by Blaine Brownell, published by Princeton Architectural Press.

January 2008

superABSORBER is part of Focus the Nation. superABSORBER is part of Focus the Nation an interdiscinary discussion on Global Warming. The project is presented at a kick off event on January 25 at Clemson University.
kick off event web site

December 2007

superABSORBER in Architectural Record. superABSORRBER is in this month’s issue of Architectural Record in an article titled “Building Even Better Concrete”  Architecture Record article.

Construction Dry-In House Started. Construction of the first Dry-in House has begun in New Orleans. Rev. Earl Williams will be the first owner of this mass-customized home.

September 2007

Design for Good. Martha Skinner will participate in a panel called Design for Good during Design Week in Santa Fe which takes place from October 11th -17th.
Design Week Website

July 2007

Architectural Institute of British Columbia. The dry-in house will be on exhibit at the Architectural Institute of British Columbia from July 12th to August 10th.

2007 ID Annual Design Review. The dry-in house has been awarded honorable mention in the concepts category of ID Magazine’s 2007 Annual Design Review, featured in the July issue of ID.

Dry-in House Mockup Completed. A full scale mockup of the dry-in house design has been completed. A team is now in New Orleans to begin construction on the first dry-in house.
Dry-in House Website

May 2007

The superABSORBER, 2007 Next Generation Design Competition Runner-Up, can be seen in the May issue of Metropolis magazine.

superABSORBER featured in the Greenville News. fieldoffice superABSORBER project is featured in the May 1, 2007 edition of the Greenville News.

April 2007

2007 Metropolis Next Generation Design Competition Runner Up. fieldoffice superABSORBER project is selected as runner up by the 2007 Next Generation® Design Competition. fieldoffice travels to San Francisco for the celebration of the awards at the Herman Miller showroom.
Metropolis Magazine Press Release

Dry-In house featured on WYFF News 4. fieldoffice Dry-In House is featured in NBC WYFF4 News. The segment featured the raising of the trusses of the Dry-In House mock up which is under construction at Clemson University campus.

March 2007

Transmaterial Product of the Week. fieldoffice superAbsorber project is selected as the Transmaterial Product of the Week.

Temporalism Conference – NY City. Various fieldoffice projects and student work from Martha Skinner’s A/V Mappings and Notations seminar/studio will be featured in the Temporalism exhibition/conference. The event takes place on Friday, March 2nd 3:00-7:30pm in NYC at Cornell AAP’s new Manhattan space at 50 W 17th Street, New York.

lecture at AIA luncheon. Martha Skinner and fieldoffice partner Doug Hecker lecture at the AIA (The American Institute of Architects) Greenville Monthly Luncheon which focuses on the architect’s role in growing communities. Skinner and Hecker will lecture at the Palmetto Expo Center in Greenville, South Carolina at 12:00 p.m. on March 7, 2007.

February 2007

lecture at Texas A&M. Martha Skinner  lectures at Texas A&M University College of Architecture as part of the school’s Spring 2007 Lecture Series entitled Ways of Perceiving & Understanding. Skinner will present Space/Time Mapping – The City as Moving Images on February 21, at 5:30 at the Preston Geren Auditorium at Texas A&M College Station, Texas.

December 2006

fox carolina news segment. During a Fox Carolina News segment which aired in December 2006, Martha Skinner discussed the construction of the Dry-In House first demonstration prototype which will take place this spring.  Dry-In House is a  housing solution which gets New Orleans families back to their home sites as quickly as possible into a “dried-in” shell that can be finished and further customized over time while also participating in the design of their customized homes via an interactive website connected to CNC controlled fabrication.

November 2006

installation in Louisville, KY. Motion Mapping is exhibited at “The Yard Gallery” and at The New Center for Contemporary Art in Louisville, Kentucky. The project is one of 5 video installations featured in the ACADIA (The Association for Computer Aided Design in Architecture) Digital Exchange Exhibit – an event exhibiting work of artists, architects, interior designers, and graphic designers across the globe. The exhibit was open from October – December 2006 with events on the first Friday of each month as part of Louisville’s monthly Gallery Hop.

September 2006

Dry-In House at Venice Biennale. A fieldoffice proposal entitled: Dry-In House: an Affordable Mass Customized House for the Reconstruction of New Orleans will be on display from September 10 – November 19, 2006 at the Italian Pavilion in an exhibition themed Cities: People, Society, Architecture directed by Richard Burdett.  The key concept of the Dry-In House proposal is to allow New Orleans families to participate in the design of their customized homes to get them back to their home sites as quickly as possible into a “dried-in” shell that can be finished and further customized over time. The process uses an interactive website connected to CNC controlled fabrication.

August 2006

I.D. award for NY A/V. NY A/V received an award from the I.D. Magazine Annual Design Review in the Environments Category. The project was one of 149 winners selected from 2,000 entries internationally. NY A/V is one of a series of urban mappings, an ongoing research project on issues of temporality, public space and representation. As art and as architecture NY A/V brought issues of architecture and urbanism directly to the public as an interactive mobile display traveling the length of Broadway during the period of one week in 2005. The project was selected by critics Michael Arad, Elizabeth Diller, and Lindy Roy and will be published in I.D. Magazine’s

May 2006

NY A/V published in JAE. NY A/V is cited in the Installation by Architects issue of the Journal of Architectural Education edited by Sarah Bonnemaison, Ronit Eisenbach, and Robert Gonzalez. The authors said of the project, “Indebted to performance art, happenings, and street theater, NY A/V created chance encounters between the past and the present, and framed the temporal disjunctions of life on Broadway”.

Hong Kong A/V. Martha Skinner travels to Hong Kong to collect footage for HK AV, an audio/video mapping and to present a lecture on a/v mapping practices to the University of Florida Hong Kong / China Program. She will join the University of Florida’s Hong Kong Program Director Nancy Margaret Sanders to collaborate on a book prospectus and an upcoming exhibition of HK AV.

April 2005

lecture at UF. Martha Skinner lectured at The University of Florida in Gainesville. Skinner presented “Slow Take: Temporal Mappings in Audio and Video” a lecture on issues of temporality, public space, and representation.

December 2005

motion map in Florence, Italy. Martha Skinner and a team of six Clemson University students traveled to Florence, Italy to present Motion Mapping at SCRIPT – SPOT ON SCHOOLS an international exhibition “devoted to the project and the media of communication.” The project presented the work of Skinner students while mapping the activity of the people interacting with the work during the period of the exhibit – ten days. The installation took place at Stazione Leopolda from December 1 -11.

lecture in Florence, Italy. Martha Skinner gave a lecture entitled “A Section – Dissection of Time/Space: the Study of one City” at the Beyond Media Festival in Florence, Italy which was part of a round table discussion with Frans Vogelaar, Academy of Media Art Cologne and Peter Macapia, Pratt Institute, New York. The event which included lectures, workshops, exhibits, debates, and video presentations is part of the BEYOND MEDIA festival which is “devoted to the most advanced visualizations in architecture and to the debate on the relationships between the project and the media of communication.” The events took place during December 1 – 11 at Ospedale degli Innocenti, Salone Brunelleschiano and at Stazione Leopolda, Spazio Alcatraz.

A/V Mappings and Notations published. Martha Skinner published “A/V Mappings and Notations,” mappings which measure and locate, a catalogue of the student work presented at the SPOTS ON SCHOOLS exhibit in Florence, Italy.

November 2005

lecture at Clemson University. Martha Skinner gave a lecture entitled “Ephemeralities Documented: Drawing, Trajectory and Urban Intervention” as part of the CAF Lecture Series at Clemson University.

October 2005

publication in SOUTH. Fieldoffice’s Silhouette House Project and Martha Skinner’s article “Zoom/Section – From South to North,” are published in SOUTH, a publication by Ronald Rael.

August 2005

SECCA exhibition. Fieldoffice Silhouette House is part of the Home House Project Exhibition. El Paso Museum of Art from April 24 – August 14, The Center for Visual Arts and Culture at The University of Maryland from September 30 – November 30,  The Neighborhood Housing Services, Asheville from September 1 – October 31, The Contemporary Art Center of Virginia from June 13 – July 18, The University of North Texas Art Gallery from Apr. 8 – May 25.  The national traveling exhibition is organized by Southeastern Center for Contemporary Art, Winston Salem
Southeastern Center for Contemporary Art.



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My work

My work looks at the built environment as a delicate ecology through methods that visualize the cycles of life by engaging the everyday users of place via immersive and collective participation. I have developed a series of audio/video mappings of cities which use the drawing technique of the section-cut as a way to get inside the city forming trajectories in time and space to filter, transmit, capture, and celebrate the intangible qualities of the passing of time and to address the relationships between humans and the ecologies in which they are situated.

My audio/video mappings also engage the everyday users of the city. Their choreography often takes the form of a performance and/or installation, documents which are participatory and that I often refer to as life-size and inhabitable drawings in process. Within them, city residents collect, experience, reflect, and contribute.The multiplicity of participation adds further accuracy to the work and thus furthers the sensibility and awareness. My design work responds to these observations with proposals (products and systems) which complement these representations by addressing in simple yet inventive ways the conditions of our built environment that need rethinking.

A/V Mapping and Notation BLOG

Urban CT-scan – The City as Body(ies) in Movement BLOG


About Martha Skinner

Martha Skinner studies our built environment as a delicate ecology using representation methods that visualize the cycles of life in order to more acutely address temporal, social and environmental issues. Her work internationally includes several Living Maps of cities, which include NY A/V, PROXY_florence, día de los trastos, and BiCi_N. These projects involve the inhabitants of our cities in their daily routines to affect, in real-time, possibilities for social and environmental change.

As the 1999 Walter B. Sanders Fellow at the University of Michigan, Martha developed Notation A/V, a seminar about the merging of drawing and moving image, a methodology she exploits in her work to filter, transmit, capture, and celebrate the intangible qualities of the passing of time with solutions that address the relationships between humans and the ecologies in which they are situated. As a professor at Clemson University (2001-2014) and as founding partner at field office (1997-2010) she furthered that research. In 2011 she launched 10^10, The Exponential Power of Design and has recently given a TEDx talk on that idea: our capacity to work together on a huge collaboration for the well being of our environment and in turn the well being of each of ourselves individually.

Martha’s work has been exhibited internationally. Honors for Martha’s work include exhibition of her work in the 10th Venice Biennale and at the 4th International Architecture Biennale Rotterdam, five awards from I.D. Magazine, a Next Generation Award from Metropolis Magazine, and receipt of a People, Prosperity and the Planet Award from the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency.  Her work has been recognized in publications such as Discover Magazine, ID Magazine, Metropolis Magazine, Fast Company, Business Week, Architectural Record, Transmaterial, and WordChanging.

Martha is a U.S. Citizen, born in Colombia. She has lived in France, Italy, The Czech Republic, and Spain.

Martha’s TEDx talk

Martha’s CV



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