ARK in Berea

at 519 Karen Dr, Berea, 44017 United States

The Historic Home and Eco-Museum of the Environmental Art Movement

ARK in Berea
519 Karen Dr
Berea , OH 44017
United States
Contact Phone
P: (440) 891-8376


Provenance: "ARK in BEREA" The historic home and museum of American Cultural Ambassadors David and Renate Jakupca. Summary: A.R.K. stands for - Architektur Recycled Kulturstall. The historic A.R.K. in Berea is the first structure in Cuyahoga County, Ohio to incorporate sustainable building concepts from the Earth Summit in Rio de Janeiro in 1992. Hand built in 1994 as a work of art by Environmental Artists David and Renate Jakupca. It is a practical design study for the 'Theory of Iceality in Environmental Arts' for future buildings and for the global headquarters of the International Center for Environmental Arts (ICEA) and Cleveland’s Eco Village. It is also a pioneer structure for the Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) Certification developed by the U.S. Green Building Council (USGBC) in 1998. The A.R.K. is hybrid structure utilizing cob, straw bales, aluminum cans, used tires, and recycled construction materials, It helped to address the environmental problems through 'iceality' of large urban areas and the trend of rebuilding rather than remodeling existing structures. The ARK in Berea is used as an eco-museum, community center, and art studio of American Cultural Ambassadors David and Renate Jakupca. It is recognized as the 'Home of the Environmental Art Movement and is registered with the Berea Historical Society, Western Reserve Historical Society and the Ohio Historical Society. The ARK in Berea is a project of the International Center for Environmental Arts (ICEA) and was an extension for the Habitat II Conference which was held in Istanbul, Turkey June 1996. It is a practical study on original sustainable building designs and ideas that will be used on ICEA’s permanent HQ building that anchor the complete Cleveland Eco Village on Whiskey Island near the mouth of the Cuyahoga River in the flats of Cleveland, Ohio. The ARK in Berea as a hybrid structure is composed of four material building techniques now being used on a limited basis worldwide. The key to such a hybrid structure is that it combines a thermal mass technique, such as rammed earth on the east wall, with an isolative system of straw bales and straw clay on the north and south sides, taking advantage of the best qualities of each system. New solutions to common problems have begun to evolve from such creative combinations. The key to the ARK in Berea’s natural, yet subtly elegant design, was knowing when and where to incorporate techniques that would result in increased building efficiency, structural innovation and unique artistic effects. As the ‘Spiritual Father of the Environmental Arts Movement’ and founder of ICEA, David Jakupca wanted the ARK in Berea to stand out as an artist’s building. ICEA, whose mission is ICEAlity, that is to assist an understanding of the relationships between Humans and their Environment through the Arts, it was imperative that the ARK in Berea have a distinctive aesthetic appeal while simultaneously actually helping the environment. Construction on the ARK in Berea started out slow in 1993. Being built partly underground on the side of the valley, all excavating and construction had to be done by hand making the ARK in Berea truly a hand made piece of art, complete with date and signatures of the artists! In the beginning, an unseasonably wet winter contributed to heavy mud slides before retaining walls could be built. David found by trial and error some things worked and some did not. The one idea that did work was to build a solid foundation in the front and tunnel backward when time and weather permitted. The front (west wall) is made of recycled materials. Aluminum cans were cemented on pallets for walls and glass doors became picture windows. Old cedar shingles were one of the Jakupca’s great found treasures. A volunteer of ICEA, Marty Lane, knew about the shingles that were about to be transported to the dump after a re-roofing job. They talked to the construction foreman and he was happy to drop a couple truck loads to their site. The ARK in Berea proved that incorporating salvaged, recycled and resourceful materials invites an innovative style that is easier on the environment but adds character from different woods and products not readily available anymore. “In Cleveland, as in most cities, the trend is to rebuild rather than remodel and with all that waste in demolition -- there must be a way we can use that,” David says. Moving backward from the front wall, the primary building material is Leichtlehm (literally light-loam) which is a German technique of ramming loose straw coated with a clay slip into forms as an infill for timber frame structures. The technique consists of surrounding a from structure with a thick infill of the straw-clay mixture. The frame is usually fully expressed on the interior of the building to take advantage of the beauty of the timber from joinery. A lighter frame of wood is built on the eventual outside face of the building as an anchoring system for the straw-clay walls. At the back of the ARK in Berea is a 2’ x 6’ ditch or tub to control and collect mud and water run-off. Loose straw and clay slurry are mixed in the tub then allowed to age for up to several days in order for the straw to absorb the extra moisture and thus create a stickier and more easily tamped mixture. For higher insulation values, less clay was used. Slip forms were set up between the framing members, and the straw clay mixture is tamped by hand or foot. During heavy rains the tub was bailed before it overflows inside. Robert Laporte, timber farmer and straw-clay builder, commonly uses straw-clay stuffed loosely between rafters as insulation, with the clay discouraging pests. He has also used it as an insulting layer underneath earthen floors. Frank Andresen, German expert on straw-clay, has demonstrated a system of straw-clay tiles which can be placed between roof rafters as insulation and as a plastering surface. He has also introduced straw-clay bricks that can be used like light-weight adobes. The ARK in Berea over time evolved into a structure that inspires others while it echoes in rhythm with the river and woods that surround it. High on a ridge overlooking the pristine Rocky River in Northern Ohio, in the morning, when the mist is lifting its curtain of gauze from the valley below, deer move silently along the shore and Canadian geese fly inches above the water honking wildly before rising noisily skyward. A comfortable space that works with nature, not stomps on it. This is a community of people who want to explore the challenge of living in ways that are materially sufficient, socially and ecologically responsible, and satisfying to the soul. Since 1973, the Jakupca's have developed the skills of community: sharing, responsibility, compassion, communication, consensus building, conflict resolution, appreciation of diversity, love through iceality. They believe that these skills are necessary to bring the larger society to sustainability and sufficiency, and they have shared to the best of their ability. ICEA’s reputation as an avant-garde cultural center for the elite continues to grow, drawing the likes of sculptor John Puskas, adventurer poet Daniel Thompson, activists Ione Biggs, and environmentalists John Perera, as well as other members of the international community, over time making ICEA a force for socially responsible activity. The ICEA has in its library books, videos, manuals, etc. related to natural building methods. People interest in ICEAlity or the Cleveland Eco Village concept are invited to attend the next informal pot luck meeting at the ARK in Berea. Please call (440) 891-8376 for details. Reference/Educational Link: ARK in Berea David Jakupca/ARK in Berea

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The International Center for Environmental Arts (ICEA) was founded by David and Renate Jakupca in 1987 to meet the compelling needs of ordinary citizens for access to current, balanced, understandable information about complex global issues.
ICEA was organized into three divisions: Environmental, Humanities, Arts and Culture, this acts as an umbrella organization of affiliated groups that support related agendas with the idea of creating a prototype NGO that is easily replicable in other communities, cities, states and countries.
ICEA's mission is the Theory of ICEALITY on Environmental Arts, that is to "Assist in understanding of the relationship between Humans and their Environment through Arts and culture ultimately promoting a sustainable global Culture of Peace between all Living Things (Human, Plant and Animal Kingdoms)" As the first professional art organization to be solely dedicated to this endeavor, this has made ICEA a leader in the Environmental Arts Movement and a force for socially responsible activity.
ICEA participated in the 1992 EARTH SUMMIT, and in 1993, David and Renate were official UN Observers to the UN Conference on Human Rights in Vienna , Austria.
There with the approval of the US delegates, Geraldine Ferraro and President Jimmy Carter, ICEA has been promoting iceality and recycling all major UN World Conferences until they were discontinued in 2007.
As a visionary providing inspiration for others in the sustainable development of Cleveland, David has been officially designated by The City of Cleveland, Earth Island Institute and other major organizations as the "Spiritual Father of the Environmental Art Movement".
TIME Magazine nominated them for their Millennium Heroes for the Planet.
The historic ARK in Berea , home of the sustainable global Environmental Arts Movement, helped inaugurate the green building trend that is now sweeping America.
In 2000, mainly because of their heightened talent to match ability with vision, David and Renate were the ideal avant-guides to help lead the Nation into the next Millennium when they spent six months in Europe at EXPO2000, the World's Fair in Hannover, Germany as Americas Cultural Ambassadors.
Over the years, ICEA has gained a reputation for excellence based upon a unique library of specialized, current information on global importance and a wide range of imaginative programming and collaborations with other organizations to meet the needs of a broad constituency.
With affiliates across the globe, the ICEA supports research, information sharing and effective action promoting a sustainable culture of Peace.
SERVICES PROVIDED ICEA is a place where people are encouraged to develop their own unique individual skills and talents for themselves, their community, nation and the world.
The ARK in Berea as a retreat, provides a healthy holistic environment to aid people in their social, emotional, physical, intellectual, spiritual as well as artistic growth.
Consultants and Speakers are available for all topics relating to the Humanities, Arts, and the Environment.
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