Reclaimed Ash (Victims of EAB)

“We have this history of impossible solutions to insoluble problems.” Will Eisner

A shining example of man’s ability to make a tragic situation at least positive in some way.

Cory Lavigne Architect at INForm Studio won the American Institute of Architects AIA Michigan and Detroit Honor Award.  The Jury commented, ” This project shows a great sensitivity towards the timeless hallmarks of great design: space, materiality, lighting, form. The detailing is excellent; inventive design combined with rigorous execution.”

The developers of the Traverwood Branch of the AADL took a unique approach to the building process by harvesting hundreds of ash trees dead or dying from Emerald Ash Borer and reusing the trees in the construction of the building. ‘Up From Ashes,’ captures each step of the Traverwood Branch construction process, a process that combined both primitive and modern construction methods.The Ann Arbor Traverwood Library is featured in a documentary called “Up from the Ashes” by Director and Cinematographer Bill Kubota. Visit the following link for more info about the film.