The news of artist, environmental activist, documentary film producer and philanthropist Susan Swartz.

Kimball Art Center: Designing an Artistic Community

Art, community and environmental sustainability are three of Susan’s most passionate subjects, so a project that blends all three was sure to pique her interest. This past spring, the Kimball Art Center, a non-profit community art center in Susan’s home base of Park City, Utah announced the winner of its year-long remodel design competition, which was heavily judged by members of the entire community.

The winner? Pioneering firm BIG, helmed by Danish architect Bjarke Ingels, The Wall Street Journal’s 2011 Architectural Innovator of the Year. The winning design centers on Ingels’ soaring, twisting timber eco-tower that pays homage to Park City’s mining heritage. While the tower itself will be constructed from reclaimed trestle wood, several other sustainable strategies include daylighting, solar power, rainwater collection and a high-performance thermal envelope for temperature regulation.

Want to know more? Read what The Wall Street Journal had to say about the winning design.

And please join everyone today, August 3, 2012, and all this weekend for the fantastic annual Kimball Arts Festival on the Main Street of Park City!