It's shaping up to be a hot summer, and we have some exciting things to share!
We are on site in Longview this week!
This coming Thursday and Friday (June 15-16), Stephen Cameron will be in Longview meeting with people and businesses in the community and completing some work on-site at the Tournalaid homes. If you'd like to connect with him while he is there, drop him a quick email!
We have been working with the Texas Historical Foundation and others to secure grant funding for this project and we still need your help! If you haven't joined us yet, there's still time! Any donation over 100 dollars gets you a sweet Tournalaid t-shirt (in yellow or grey).
We were shocked to learn about the sudden closure of NuCor steel in Longview, especially since we had been in talks with them about utilizing a site on their property to relocate the homes.
A main focus of our time on-site in Longview will be spent finalizing relocation plans with Komatsu and other stakeholders. We look forward to sharing the outcomes with everyone in the coming weeks!
Relevant to today
The more we learn about the interesting design and history of the Tournalaid homes, the more we see them as a pre-cursor to today's technology.
The massive boom in 3D-printed concrete housing by companies like Icon3D and Diamond Age remind us of that exciting period in American history after WWII, where new and innovative housing construction methods were being tested and improved upon.
These two near-original condition Tournalaid houses in Longview, standing strong after 70+ years, are a stark reminder that so much of this "new" technology can trace its' way back to Tournalaid.
A lot of housing discourse, I found the Tournalaid homes very cool. Poured concrete in a movable form in a day, then on to the next house. Modular construction at its finest after the war. https://t.co/VjE0ELE9Qv pic.twitter.com/YZKoDhMUhJ— Red (@redbuckman) June 1, 2023
tired: "Marvel at the new idea of 3D-printing an entire house!"— Stef Schrader (@stefthepef) January 15, 2023
wired: "Neat, an updated version of what Tournalaid was doing in the '40s."
(galaxy brain is—of course—Longview actually preserving the cool houses that predate all those affordable housing SXSW pitches by decades)