The Ise Shinto Shrines in Japan are something out of legend…literally…they rebuild the whole complex every twenty years from scratch symbolizing the notion of rebirth and renewal; and it looks exactly as it did centuries ago the first time this sacred complex was crafted out of wood.

The hand crafted locked-in-place wood joinery uses no nails or fasteners, and stands strong, battling gravity and earthquakes and the wrath of the elements…this is a drawing that diagrams its ‘how.’

[graphite, color pencils and pastel on black mat board]

Minus the current fluff of sustainability, here’s an example of something that is unpretentious and cleverly embedded intrinsically in its context.

no A/C needed here-

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