Building The Temple is a co-creative process. It starts with the Temple Crew - a group of old and young, veterans and newbies, who strive to ensure the wellbeing of each other with the understanding that no individual’s contribution is more or less important than another’s. We assemble an inclusive team from diverse backgrounds. Many skills are required to create the Temple and the build is an opportunity to learn and grow.
Marisha Farnsworth is an artist whose large-scale public space interventions explore future ecosystems, infrastructural utopias and the social and economic implications of materiality in the built environment. Marisha is design director at the Hyphae Design Lab and teaches at Laney College where her students are working to build digitally fabricated housing for the homeless in Oakland, CA.
Steve is an artist/architect from Oakland. He skipped his first week of grad school to go to Burning Man and has been going ever since. Marisha, one of his grad school classmates, invited him to work with her on the 2014 Temple. Since then, he has been volunteering on Temple projects both on and off playa. He also works at a design firm in San Francisco that specializes in civic architecture around the Bay Area.
Mark is a structural engineer, based in Bay Area, who's worked on may many past Temple builds.