Ghost Lab Summer 2007

Ghost Research Lab is an educational initiative designed to promote the transfer of architectural knowledge through direct experience, project-based learning taught in the master builder tradition, with an emphasis on issues of landscape, material culture and community.

Ghost Lab provides a two-week summer design/build internship for architects, professors and students, directed by Brian MacKay-Lyons, Architect. The program takes place each summer on the coast of Nova Scotia, atop the stone ruins of a nearly 400-year-old village on the MacKay-Lyons farm. The projects consist of a one-week design phase and a one-week construction phase.

Projects are seen as didactic instruments to interpret cultural ecology and build on both the research experience of Mackay-Lyons Sweetapple Architects and the framing and shipbuilding traditions of the area. At the session’s conclusion, the completed structures serve as the venue for a community gathering, featuring local musicians who help interpret the cultural history of the site.

The application deadline is May 31, 2007. For more information, please visit