About the project:
The Cloister and Chapter House project is about developing structural detail and method-based investigations utilizing interpretations of traditional timber-frame constructs. We propose a standard assembly that can be used to construct an array of building types and could conceivably be expanded upon until infinity.
The project incorporates the Cathedral and the Ruin to investigate the juxtaposition of temporary and permanence; habitation and visitation. Beyond adaptive re-use, to simply, adaptive use. The project is less about proposing a completed vision and more about experimenting with what we can do with 2 cubic meters of wood and a construction technique. The existing grid system utilized to build the Cathedral will be used to construct a Cloister, enclosing the stone foundation of the ruin, and creating an actual courtyard at the Cathedral site. Inside and around this courtyard, the Chapter House will be created.
About the workshop leaders:
We are a father and son team who, as a family, have been travelling the world developing museums in remote and unique locations. Our work has focused on creating community within indigenous populations and people living on the margins of society. We promote the creation of art as the core instinct which makes us human. And we believe that by cultivating the arts we can build better societies.
Neal V Hitch, Ph.D. teaches cultural history and the development of early civilizations at San Diego State University and he is the director of the Imperial Valley Desert Museum. With a Masters in Architecture and a Ph.D. in History from The Ohio State University, his work explores the adaptation of humans to new environments and the symbolism of architecture in the context of new communities. Dr. Hitch has also worked as an interior carpenter and a construction administrator.
Neal Lucas Hitch is a Southern California based artist, and Project Village veteran. He has a degree in architecture from the Architectural Association in London. His work focuses on large scale habitable art installations and deals with a variety of themes everywhere from high-art; to music; to biology; to astrophysics; to particle-physics. In 2014 he completed the Ocotillo Observatory in Ocotillo, California. In 2015 he worked on the Hedge project and in 2016 he was a team leader on the Alt-Cathedral Project at Hello Wood.