The Sustainability Treehouse by Mithun. Photography © Joe Fletcher
In 2013, AIA awards favored projects that showed how to do more, using less. The Boy Scouts of America are becoming more progressive every day. Next year the organisation will introduce a brand-new Sustainability merit badge to replace the outdated Environmental Science badge from 1972. And now, scouts can visit a giant treehouse designed to school them on sustainability using fun installations, from Rube Goldberg-esque recycling machines to light bulb-powering tricycles.
Seattle architecture firm Mithum and San Francisco graphic design firm Volume collaborated on the Corten steel frame structure that makes the scouts part of the story as they climb up through the forest’s canopy.