Studio V – Fall 2011

Welcome to the CAC.C Studio V blog.  This blog will be updated daily by the students and professor of Studio V as a way to document our design/build process, and keep all those who may be interested in our progress of the semester’s project informed.

STUDIO V focuses on architecture and tectonics, particularly the relationship between design and building. STUDIO V will emulate practice in that, unlike standard academic exercises, students will not always work in isolation on hypothetical situations. We will work often in collaboration. The studio will offer an approach to design informed by how something is assembled and the materials from which it is made. The studio will employ craft in the execution of the work, which will require patience, planning, understanding tolerance in materials and tools, testing and mock-ups, and the working with the limits and capabilities of tools and materials.

This fall the studio is devoted to the execution of one project; designing, fabricating, and installing a shading devise at the Corinne Jones Park in the Wagner Terrace neighborhood in downtown Charleston, SC. The process will include, but is not limited to:
•Working with the neighborhood and the Charleston Parks and Recreation department on the park master plan and shading structure design.
•Working with Charleston’s Parks Conservancy on the installation and development of the new children’s playground and green spaces at Corinne Jones Park.
•Working with local architects and engineers on creating a full set of construction documents for the shading devise.
•Presenting the design before Charleston’s Design Review Committee for approval ultimately from Charleston’s mayor Joseph Riley.
•Fabricating the shading structure parts off site at the CAC.C’s materials lab, and finishing onsite installation before Thanksgiving break (11.21.11).

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