Before delving into the fascinating world of Peacebuildings you must first understand the Reciprocal Frame which forms the roof.
It is assembled by first installing a temporary central support that holds the first rafter at the correct height. The first rafter is fitted between the wall and the temporary central support and then further rafters are added, each resting on the last. The final rafter fits on top of the previous rafter and under the very first one. The rafters are then tied with wire before the temporary support is removed.
This forms an amazingly (and surprisingly) strong and stable structure.
Out of Nowhere was a company formed by Graham Brown in the late 1980’s. By 1987 he had visualised and brought forth the Reciprocal Frame, established Out of Nowhere and designed & constructed some 40 Reciprocal Frame buildings from sanctuaries to the £2.5 million Woodland Burial Park scheme.
Peacebuildings are built around the globe as places of gathering and epicentres of change. They are designed and constructed by local people, supported by an experienced team of designers, builders and facilitators. Every Peacebuilding uses a simple roof structure, known as the Reciprocal Frame to spark an awareness of our interdependent nature; individually, communally, nationally and globally.
~ Graham Brown
In 2010 I was staying with the Browns in their beautifulsituated on the outskirts of the Findhorn village in Morayshire (Scotland). Graham asked me to produce an accompanying website for his concept of creating Peacebuildings around the globe.
What followed was a. This was after all 2010 and Responsive Web Design was still in its infancy. Despite being non mobile friendly the site remains a beautiful work of art and helps explain why after all these years I still reference it.
It was my first large project using the MODX CMS and was impressed at how easily the complicated structure was accommodated by the excellent ‘Extras’ modules available at the time. By delving into the site you will quickly see that it is not quite as simple as first meets the eye. Enjoy!.