Fayetteville architect featured in Dark Rye magazine

Local fans of Dark Rye magazine got a taste of home this month in a video article featuring architect Chris Baribeau of Fayetteville architecture firm Modus Studio.

The award-winning online publication, produced by Whole Foods Market, explores food, art, health and sustainable living through the use of multimedia storytelling and accessible DIY projects.

From plans for rooftop gardens to basement distilleries, and with stories featuring people and places from the California coasts to the forests of rural Sweden, Dark Rye’s self-proclaimed mission is to motivate and inspire folks to craft a more sustainable and creative world.

The October issue, which focuses on the idea of “Home,” includes a six-minute video called “Building for Life – Rethinking the Spaces We Inhabit,” which stars Baribeau, his co-workers and family, and some of the projects his firm designed in and around Fayetteville like the LEED Platinum-certified Eco Modern Flats complex near the University of Arkansas campus.

The mini-documentary explores the idea that architects must think beyond buildings as mere buildings.

“Buildings last a long time, and they change the aesthetic of a city,” says Baribeau in the opening scene. “There’s a lot of responsibility on architects to make spaces and places that are valuable to people, that are healthy for people, and thoughtful.”

Watch the video embedded above or head over to Dark Rye to check out the entire October issue.