There are not that many places in NYS where you can go and fulfill your spiritual need for rest, enlightenment, and connection with nature. The Academy of Minimalism will be such place; it is intended to be a place of leisure, in the form of community center, with an educational purpose. A place where locals and any other visitors are invited to immerse in art and nature as well as engage in a critical thinking and dialogue with the society questioning existing systems and inventing new ways of life.

 

During the first half of the twentieth century, Buffalo had the nation’s largest capacity for the storage of grain. Over thirty concrete grain elevators rose along the city’s inner and outer harbors on the Buffalo River and Lake Erie. These concrete grain elevators represented the culmination of fifty years of development in grain elevator design. The Pool Elevator, like all other grain elevators in Buffalo, was deeply affected by the 1959 opening of the St. Lawrence Seaway. Because the Buffalo elevators could be by-passed outright via the Seaway, fewer customers each year saw value in unloading grain to an elevator and reloading to rail cars bound for eastern ports. As the result, many grain elevators were abandoned or demolished. Our team decided to give one of them a second life and make this an adoptable reuse project.

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The Academy of Minimalism will help its visitors to rediscover the purity and uniqueness of their pristine spirit by the exclusive combination of education, art, and stay. It will be a magical and mysterious world of spirituality and enlightenment where visitors will find the most uncommon ways of mental and spiritual fulfillment. A place where technology is not an obsession but an invisible convenience, where nature is not something to hide from but something to be in a harmony with, and where birds of our inner thoughts and creativity will be released in order to communicate with others for good.

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Academy’s goal is to educate young adults who are interested in art, design and architecture about minimal living with the focus on spirituality, well being, and biophilia. Moreover, academy will serve as a local community for everyone who desired to visit it. Educate not only architects and designers but common people is a very important goal that helps the cultural values to rise and evolve. 

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Good art enters the soul and makes new ideas plausible. The term “minimalist art” (first used
in 1929) experienced its major growth during the 1960’s and 1970’s when stripping art down
to its fundamental features began showing up in painting/sculpting/music. Soon, it transcended into design and architecture and began to define the term: modern design. As a result, it has entered our soul and made the idea of minimalist principles plausible as a lifestyle as well.

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Every human being needs spiritual resources to help heal the painful wounds of grief, guilt,
resentment, unforgiveness, self-rejection, and shame. We also need spiritual resources to deepen our experiences of trust, self-esteem, hope, joy and love of life.

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